4 min read - Friday 15th October 2021
An Outdated Education System: A Creativity Killer? by Millie Robson
The creative sector is in crisis. It’s under attack from those who devalue, those who defund and, perhaps the worst offender, an education system designed to stifle creativity. With the odds stacked against the arts, how can we fight back and prove that creativity is vital?
The impact arts can have is highlighted by L. Nathan, an educator: ‘Our ancestors knew the arts were synonymous with survival. We created art to communicate emotions: our passions, jealousies, and enduring conflicts… Daily life, communication, and rituals were circumscribed and delineated in a range of artistic expressions… We buried our dead with song and even dance. We created theatre that proposed solutions to our woes. We drew pictures of our kings and queens, and on the walls of caves to tell the history of our day. Was this the primitive form of expression, or were we informing future generations in a way that language will never do alone?’.