I think that if Queeg2000 means 'beating time' when saying 'conducting' then I probably have been misguided in some of my comments. I would suggest that encouraging someone to 'beat time' as preparation to stand in and deputise for the MD / conductor is highly flawed.I don’t quite follow what you’re saying here, maybe there is some confusion all round. Of course Queeg2000 can answer for himself but reading the thread through I can’t find the place where he insists that others should take the Baton up - though he had that expectation on him as a youth. Supporting people who aren’t meeting their playing obligations is, to my way of thinking, a pragmatic choice. Not everyone can do as much as the rest of us would like or take advantage of opportunities presented to them, but supporting your Band mates helps keep them in the Band and at some point what they can offering and engage in may improve.
In other posts it seems to me that the terms Conductor and MD are used to mean the same, I might be guilty of that incorrect use too. As I understand it someone standing in front of a Band and beating time is someone who is conducting - a bit of a simplistic description but it will do. In contrast an MD is someone who besides conducting decides and implements the musical direction of the Band.
I think Queeg2000’s post on kids learning conducting young and accepting it without stress as just part of Banding is spot-on. There should be nothing to fear about Conducting and the players in any Band that’s worth belonging to should get behind novice and stand-in Conductors and try hard to support them.