Oliver Hopkins discusses the importance of the arts within schools in the face of continued funding cuts.
Gold Arts Award, Unit 1, Part D.
Comment posted on 29 November 2018
Thank you so much Kat! I certainly agree with you - a vital sector of our economy will become increasingly deprived over time, with fewer and fewer people made aware of the exciting career prospects that they might have otherwise had a taster of if they had experienced arts based subjects at school.
Bee, thank you so much for your comment! I definitely agree with you and that quote from Terry Pratchett certainly rings true!
I think in general, we need to increase awareness of the positive impacts of the arts and counteract the common stereotype that the arts are the "easy option". Studies have been carried out by researchers to find how having the arts as part of the curriculum can lead to academic achievement and the results that I found when researching for this article are somewhat contradictory and there is no conclusive evidence that all of the studies agree on. Instead of this focus on academia and how the arts can contribute to success, I think further research into how young people actually benefit from the arts (whether that be anything from encouraging free thinking or being comfortable with expressing one's ideas) needs to be carried out. In this way, I would hope that more people, including those in government and in schools, would be less inclined to cut arts based subjects.
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