[quote name='Justan' date='Apr 7 2010, 05:14 PM' post='358728']
Due to all of this, Sir Robinson’s presentation, while amusing, smacks of pandering to the blissfully ignorant.
Many highly educated people in their 30's - 40's leave their city jobs and move to the country for self fulfilment, often starting up businesses, living off the land, or the creative arts - skills either not taught or at the bottom of the state education systems list of priorities. The education system measure pupils by core subjects and not by how well an individual may excel at the long jump!
England's primary school curriculum has been greatly narrowed by the governments obsession with SATs. For several weeks prior to the SATs exams, schools in England concentrate on coaching pupils to pass these exams, to the detriment of new learning - that's why many heads and teachers have publicly made it known they will boycott the tests this year - we will see.
My wife is a teacher in the UK state education system. She studied Laban based contemporary dance at teacher training college - her passion. She worked as a training and development consultant and has written various training standards for UK industry and worked closely with government ministers and heads of education in other countries. Dawn was raised on a farm and treated like a tomboy by her father, he was a physical training instructor in the Royal Artillery. She was also a police officer for several years.
Through her various jobs and life experiences, her view as a teacher, is that creative, visual and performing arts are of equally importance to core subjects - a view formed many years ago.