I'm with you, Ann! He was very inspirational. I was about to post this link for Andrea. Happy New Year x
Creative subjects are to be excluded from the curriculum? In short (and I want to rant and rant about this) it's a travesty. A revolution is needed, desperately.
Teaching is creative. Teachers are creative. I am sure there must be so many professionals outraged by this. As for the revolution, I think about this a lot. I wish I knew the answer. But maybe a start would be for disgruntled professionals to talk to each other, unite and say NO. Collectively, they are in a position of power. However, this is difficult when 'the work ethic' and admirable sense of duty towards students and wider society is unavoidable but this really is important. We need to act collectively. And talk to parents/carers. From experience when my sons were younger, it was heartbreaking to listen to mums at the school gate worrying sick because their child wouldn't sit still or wasn't up to speed with numeracy and literacy yet showed a real flare for art, dancing, and so on, and were great little conversationalists. Educational establishments, students and parents/carers uniting and saying no. Peacefully but resolutely, no. For as long as it takes. We need to reclaim the power. By draining individuals of their creativity 'they' are draining them of their spirit and therefore 'fight'. But I really don't know the answer; how I wish I did!
I agree Lucy!
As a collective we have to deal with the extraction of arts and culture from the education of our children. It is the richness it provides that is SO valuable. Just take a look at the Turner Prize acceptance speech from Elizabeth Price... And, Jude Law's initial introduction, where he was equally eloquent regarding the demise of art in schools.
Like other industries, the 'creative' may leave our shores, not because it's 'cheaper to make abroad' but because no one will be qualified to do it!!! AND THAT IS TERRIBLE.
I love that last line Tracy "from learning inspires passion, passion inspires creation, creation inspires further learning" that should be the mantra for every place of education.
The creative subjects are a way of communicating so I do think they should be embraced as much as the more traditional subjects of communication are, such as English and foreign language.