This I agree with.
I’m listening to Lorde’s Pure Heroine and expecting to buy Melodrama today. Don’t tell me that studying arts is a waste of time.
Supporting broad arts education as well as literacy and maths is critical and New Zealand’s NCEA does this well. Of course, we seek improvements; just take care.
In my view education overly focussed on standardised, measurable, and average outcomes; and that is overly job focused will fail. Education in sciences, arts and maths… in all of it is essential.
I work with international students, and I can tell you that New Zealand’s NCEA with its implicit design methodology works. Specifically process methodology in each creative area is introduced and practised. That sows seeds for future success.
We must protect what works from those who would bury it.
COMMENT: Obsessive focus on literacy and numeracy is squeezing lifeblood from creativity.