Along with Grayson Perry, and “leading arts figures”, when I read about Government plans to scrap art subjects from GCSE’s (now known as English Baccalaureate or ebacc) as of next year, something inside me died. Briefly. Then I had a sneaky nagging sensation that all was not as lost as it first seemed. If Schools Kill Creativity, then surely purging them from the clutches of Government controlled curriculums will blow wide open the possibilities for the next generation of artists? These people will grow up in a world where dance, music, painting and any other “arty” intellectual pursuit will be subject to the anarchic rules of play and entertainment, and will feel no obligation to spend hours pouring over the melodic contours in Stravinsky, or over the back catalogues of bands writing songs for an entirely different time.
My eyes cast over this month’s edition of Uncut magazine, with the iconic image of Mick Jagger loaning his brand of rebellious cool to the pages contained within. Where did he come from? I highly doubt a convincing argument could be made that a Government curriculum crafted the cultural gift that was the Rolling Stones. The fact that they were so divorced from that environment gave them the air of hedonistic freedom that people sought when they looked for entertainment. Something to distract them from and diminish any lingering memories of time spent doing anything that was unfun. Continue reading “Can removing arts from schools inspire effective rebellion?”