Shutting down creativity is upon us | Dorset Eye

Sunak: he wants to shut down some degree courses – and it seems this is already happening.

Less than a day after I suggested that Rishi Sunak wants to shut down some degree courses because he wants to stifle critical thinking, we see evidence that some courses are already being closed:

Universities at Wolverhampton and Roehampton are ‘suspending’ performing arts courses for 2022/3.

They claim it’s through lack of demand by students.

Critics blame the government’s devaluing of arts programmes and the move to push students toward science, technology and engineering courses.

I even detect criticism in the voice of The Stage editor, Alistair Smith, that parents are responsible for believing Tory spin that performing arts courses, and by association jobs in the sector, are worthless.

Blame the government Alistair, not parents and especially not parents of working-class kids.

The truth is if your name is Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddlestone, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham-Carter, or the odious Laurence Fox you will always be able to follow your dream because you have money and well-off parents behind you.

Working-class kids, however talented, don’t have the luxury of privilege.

But the working class has produced some top-class actors; Pete Postlewaite, Julie Walters, Maxine Peake, and Daniel Mays to randomly name just a few.

Source: Shutting down creativity is upon us – Dorset Eye

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