The politicians will probably rue the day if still in power, because people are not simple minded consumers, they exercise discrimination and choice according to innate complex value systems that lie well outside the simplistic ideas being applied by politicians, companies and curriculum designers who do not know what their decisions truly entail. These keen social engineers may well find that down the line, the decisions that they made have created exactly the opposite conditions to those that they had intended to bring about despite their blaming teachers for failure. The harder politicians impose so called regressive "reforms" the more they fail, despite all their efforts and they do not understand why. Much like communist Russia's efforts to stamp out christianity. That real problem is that schools Heads and senior management teams are now so results driven, focussing all their efforts upon the EBacc subjects to which funding is closely tied, any subject that does not get included in their results scores is of little or no interest despite the pupils real needs and interests. So much for the future of the creative economy.
They could have taken the trouble to ask any experienced educator to discover this prevailing truth, - cause and effect does not work in education at any level. Fortunately, people are far more complex but politicians go on stupidly reinventing the wheel. One by-product of removing the arts from the state education system may well be more arts at other cultural levels. We see this process evolve as people turn to the arts for religious consolation in bad times. Be that as it may, without an art education system - visual discrimination, or the capacity to distinguish good from bad does not develop, so the entire culture becomes the poorer.
Enough of the rant, this week's Observer is warning of the consequences of closing down permanently hundreds of small local authority run museums around the UK and selling off their contents. They will not be replaced and the Victorian philanthropists who donated their art to the public are being abused by local councils eager to cash in. Vanessa Thorpe writes;
"The question of how the government intends to respond to a wholesale loss of regional access to heritage remains unanswered, although George Osborne is considering tax relief for museums and galleries to encourage them to take exhibitions on tour." Loss of cultural memory, courtesy of the Banksters yet again.