How Important Is A Cultural Education For Young People?

With the release last week of the Henley Review of Cultural Education, I was pleased to hear this Call In: You And Yours debate on BBC Radio 4.  Ahead of the review, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced, “All young people should have opportunities to take part in performance and visual arts, and learn about the UK’s cultural, architectural and film heritage”.  I cherish and feel very lucky to have enjoyed a culture-filled upbringing complete with violin lessons, circus skills and eurythmy dance incorporated into my education at a small Steiner School in Berkshire.  Growing up in such a cultural community means that I often take my arts education for granted, but having experienced the benefits first hand I can vouch for the power of embedding creative practice in every subject across the curriculum.  The logic of using the arts as a tool to educate makes sense – figures show that children who engage in creativity achieve more academically.  Academic and creative education go hand in hand, so why do they always seem to compete?

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