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Keep a broad national curriculum for all children inclusive of the arts

There is a deadline of 14th April for us to make our views known to government about which subjects should remain part of the national curriculum. Many arts subjects are at risk. For example, no conservative MPs thought that music should remain in the national curriculum and only 1 in ten labour MPs thought it should remain. The arts should not be a luxurious add-on. They should be part of every child's basic entitlement. Music, for example, can be academically rigorous, and is also a feature of every known human culture. It has been part of the core curriculum for civilised nations over 2,000 years since the time of Plato. Removing the arts from the national curriculum will de-value them, lead to a lottery of education with individual schools choosing whether or not to provide arts education for their children. Even if you don't agree with me about the arts, we should at least let the government know what we think about which subjects should be compulsory for our schools to teach.

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      • David Rangel commented  · 

        Without Music in school when growing up, I doubt I'd be where I am today...inspired and in a music career. The government need to understand that creativity in learning is the most important factor. Without it, we are nothing, and this country will fall further down the educational spiral...

      • FAnderson commented  · 

        I'm currently studying music with German at Huddersfield University and part time I work at a local school teaching steel pans. Without music in schools I would not be where I am today in so many ways, not just musically but also my personality, confidence and self-esteem has been raised through music. Without music in school I would not be doing this degree and would never have been given the opportunities that I have. I was originally a flautist but through school I moved on to Bassoon and now will be searching a future career in Music. If it is taken off the curriculum so many people will lose jobs and so many children will never gain the personal and musical journey, even if a lot of children do not pursue music it can give them skills that they will not learn anywhere else.

      • Isabelle Postill commented  · 

        I am a piano teacher in Hackney London and as such have introduced classical music to many talented local children. All my students love music and cannot wait to attend both the general music classes and the instrumental lessons. How can anyone think of depriving these children of such an important means of intellectual social and emotional development. It is well known that musical study enables the brain to be more agile in other subjects. How short sighted! I am sure that Winston Churchill, who championed the value of the arts in our society, would have been ashamed. Music education has progressed immeasurably since I was at at school in the 1970s. Perhaps the government is out of touch or maybe they just don't care about the cultural richness of our country. Just consider the effect of cutting the arts on, for example, entertainment, exhibitions, tourism, not to mention the power music teaching has to divert suffering children away from disruptive social activity. My husband, a music educator, recently visited Eton School which has every possible musical resource. Whatever the government decide to do for the rest of the country this will not affect Eton because the families can afford to pay for music. Conversely, state educated children will have a destroyed music service. Presumably this is a shining example of how we are all in it together.

      • Emmanuel commented  · 

        Music is a wonderful tool for expressing your emotions and as a student currently studying for my GCSEs, i find music lessons as a little break from all the stress of exams and coursework.

      • David commented  · 

        Solid joys and lasting treasures - there's no other discipline like Music

      • Peter Beamish commented  · 

        I believe that encouraging children to participate in Classroom music is absolutely vital in their precious formative years, and boosts self esteem and confidence, especially in boys who are so often reluctant to "have a go" because their confidence is so low. Computers are dangerous toys for youngsters compared to a recorder!

      • Caroline Baker commented  · 

        All children and young people have the right to learn about and express themselves through the arts. Many will not have that opportunity unless there is committment to the arts through the school curriculum. Music is a necessary element of a healthy society and we must foster children's and young people's rights to live in society which values music and the arts.

      • Alison Woodward commented  · 

        Many children come from families where music is not played. How will they know they have musical aptitude if they do not encounter music at school?

      • Jonathan Barrett commented  · 

        Culture's been cut enough. It's crucial to keep a broad curriculum for our children.

      • Seb commented  · 

        To keep schools enriched and exciting learning communities, MUSIC MUST STAY!!

      • Scott Kitchen commented  · 

        All children should have music as part of their national curriculum and should have the opportunity to be taught to sing and play an instrument by a music specialist. As much research proves it is a vital part of their development and well being that shouldn't be stopped.

      • Henrietta Twycross-Martin commented  · 

        I utterly endorse the idea that ALL schoolchildren should have the opportunity to learn music from a qualified music teacher in both primary and secondary schools.

      • Brian McHenry commented  · 

        Music is one of the vital components of a civilised society. Children of all ages love to sing and learn to play musical instruments. It is critical to keep music in the national curriculum.

      • Maggie Dain commented  · 

        It would certainly be yet another step towards producing a generation of children - who would be deprived - this time of the chance of accessing a further facet of our common culture and the richness and creative joy of appreciating different styles of music as both performers and audience.

      • IAN BARRETT commented  · 

        The function of Nursery to Primary Education is to TRAIN the BRAIN!

        Primary education should introduce young children to ALL basic subjects.in a stimulating and exciting manner and at an appropriate level.
        In SIMPLE WORDS, 3Rs, Stories, Nature / Science, Crafts, Drawing and Making, Games, Music, Dancing, Acting, Behaviour, Prayers.

        Methods of Listening, Thinking, Concentrating, Remembering, Imagining, Recalling, Communicating - Language, Speaking & Telling (& also being quiet), Obeying & Asking, Following & Leading, Remembering, Linking ideas, Working - Alone / Together, Rules and Instructions - the fundamentals.
        Enjoying life as it is and Preparing for what is to come..Finding out what your interests are.

        My words are chosen for importance. Do this and all the other Benefits will follow. Short-term thinking will produce the mess of the last 20years.
        Don't be mean with education - especially the early, middle & late years.

        We are not under Nazi rule today. RADAR saved Britain Who hears about the Science, History and Political foresight behind this National survival?
        Do we learn from the past to help us prepare ourselves to meet the future?
        What other important topics might be neglected?
        Music is "prelooaded" in the genes- feed the rhythm of young life!
        Science appeals to those who ask "why" everyone needs to know their servant too.
        Broadly Speaking ----
        Ian BARRETT
        (With especially thankful memories of Mr. Lloyd and the Staff of Barnsole Road School, Gillingham Kent.There were 54 in our war class of 1944/5/6 )

      • Fiona Ford commented  · 

        Music can involve all children, regardless of academic ability, and give them a sense of achievement and fulfilment. It enriches them emotionally. It must remain part of the curriculum.

      • Sarah Ellen Hughes commented  · 

        I have 5 years experience in primary schools - both as a classroom teacher and a specialist music teacher - and music is the only subject with dedicated time that can be FULLY INCLUSIVE for all children in the class, regardless of ability. It is the only subject (while we're on this, drama should also be a compulsory subject) in which children who struggle with everyday school eg. children with EAL, children with SEN, those who are shy, those who find it hard to make friends, and also those children who do excel in other subjects, have a chance to contribute to the lesson in a non-judgemental and relaxed way, and share their experiences with their peers in a way that no other subjects can. Don't make music a 'privilege,' for only those children whose parents can afford it outside of school.

      • emma beamish commented  · 

        I believe an education is a rounded affair with balance to be achieved for the individual. To leave out arts, such as music, or drama is to believe that an educaton's role is to produce simple drones for the work force. To not learn the language of music, feel the clay, splash the paint or memorise the lines is to have missed a vital part of your education. The 'arts' are not a luxurious add-on for the wealthy. After the arts - what will be next - English Literature? I am determined that art and design, drama and music should be placed central to the national curriculum.

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