Arts teaching could become more important than maths in tech-based future

The Stage London, UK   February 27, 2019

Researcher Andreas Schleicher, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading educational thinkers, said that too narrow a curriculum could also make young people less prepared for the demands of the future.

He said British schools largely regard skills as inferior to knowledge, and can be very focused on traditional tasks such as memorisation.

“When you look at the types of tasks that British students are doing better [than other countries], they are more those that are associated with the past than the future – the kind of things that are easy to teach and easy to test. It is precisely those things that are easy to digitise.

“The modern world doesn’t reward you for what you know, but for what you can do with what you know,” he said.

Curiosity, leadership, persistence and resilience are important in the modern world and are taught through the arts.

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