Letters extra: destroying creativity

24th August 2001 at 01:00

We have witnessed ever increasing government intervention in education since the Seventies, most seriously, I believe, in art education where experts have been reduced to deliverers of something only loosely connected to art.

We all agree that art education needs to be improved, but not by people in government employ, or eventually there will be no one who can teach art since no one will have been taught it.

The problem is that only creative people can understand and nurture creativity. Others have always viewed this with distrust and misunderstanding. How satisfied they must feel to have "captured" creativity, but alas, creativity is too elusive to be tamed in such a manner. We reduce our students and our art educators to plodding obedient drones.

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