Creative industry bosses berate the government

Creative industry captains have issued a timely alert to the government that it is “economically self-defeating” to solely focus on STEM subjects, at the expense of the arts.

Issued by the Creative Industries Federation, the alert comes two weeks before George Osborne, the chancellor, is due to update the government’s plan on the economy.

Mr Osborne has now heard from the federation that putting creative subjects into schools but behind Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, raises two dangerous prospects.

Firstly, it “risks perpetuating existing problems with skills shortages” and secondly, it jeopardises “Britain’s position as a global cultural powerhouse,” the federation wrote.

A batch of creative, cultural and digital business executives endorsed the warning, by signing their names under a letter that the federation wrote and submitted to the Times newspaper.

“The emphasis on so-called ‘basic subjects’ has already led to a sizeable drop in the number of students taking GCSEs in creative subjects,” states the letter, finding fault with government policy.

“We seem to be marginalising creativity in schools just as other countries have identified the arts and creative industries as the route to economic - as well as cultural and social - success.”

Addressing the concerns, Times columnist and business commentator Robert Lea said that creative types who succeeded were “typically…those with some facility in using technology.”

As well as implying that the federation was wrong to criticise the government, he also claimed: “Artistic-types are the poorer when they are techno-ignorant and scared of the laws of physics.”

 

17th November 2015

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