Keep the Culture!


Teachers and teaching assistants are being placed under an increasing amount of pressure to teach children everything they need to know. The pressure is really on to help them become high functioning and successful adults later in life. However with long hours, large classes and a shortage of both teachers and funding in many cases, it is getting harder and harder for teachers to be able to fulfil this promise to parents.

Culture is extremely important in education; however it can often be cut in favour of more ‘practical subjects ‘such as maths and science. It is crucial to be able to have a healthy balance of all sorts of subjects throughout every child’s education in order to give them enough choice to develop their own skills and interests. A balanced education is also important as it allows children to relax into less ‘stressful’ subjects, or to find their own path as well as learning about the past and gaining important communication skills.

It is for this reason that culture should remain a primary function for many schools. Allowing students time to create their own cultural art pieces, be it a sculpture, a story, a piece of music or something as small as a ‘what they did over the summer’, is a crucial aspect of giving children as much of a chance as they can of having a well-rounded future.

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