Nurse or nuclear physicist: Creative skills matter

Every day at Scriberia, we see the vital role creative skills have to play across all sectors and disciplines. We work with a huge variety of clients, bringing their ideas to life through illustration and animation - and, through our workshops, we give them the skills they need to think, work and communicate more effectively, too. So, why are creative subjects being relegated in the school curriculum? 

Most of the time, we like to let our squeaky pens do the talking. But a couple of years ago, when the government announced plans that would give creative subjects lower priority on the school curriculum, we raised our voices

The danger in placing greater emphasis on "core academic subjects", is that the creative subjects excluded from that core will be overlooked and undervalued. Given the massive contribution to the economy that our creative industries make, and the evidence - not least in Scriberia's success - that creative skills of all kinds are in demand in every sector, it looked to us to be a pretty wrong-headed move.

Today, a BBC survey has revealed how "the increased emphasis on core academic subjects, together with funding pressures" are among the most common reasons for 90 per cent (90 per cent!) of schools cutting back on "lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject". So, it seems, we weren't worrying unnecessarily. 

Of course, it matters to businesses like ours that kids who have a talent for art have the opportunity to develop that talent in school. But, declining access to creative subjects in school is not just a disaster for those who might go on to work in creative fields, it's a disaster for our future doctors, scientists, engineers and teachers, too. 

Because, after years of bringing our ways of working to clients in every sector, we can confidently say that, whether you're a nurse or a nuclear physicist, the skills you learn through creative subjects have an important part to play in your work. 

Earlier this week, as he hosted the Design Museum's Designs of the Year Awards, the BBC's arts editor, Will Gompertz, argued that children would be better equipped for the world of work if all schools were art schools. And, we couldn't agree more.

"We're bringing up a bunch of children who are behaving like computers, not a bunch of children who are behaving like designers," he said.

"I honestly think that all schools should be arts schools...what you learn at art school is to apply your knowledge." 

We all know that, as the age of AI approaches, there's little value in training children to use their brains like computers. Instead, our education system should be becoming more, not less, creative in its approach. 

And so, in light of the rather depressing evidence that creative subjects are being edged out of education, we're strengthening our resolve to bang the drum for creativity everywhere - in our offices, our laboratories, our supermarkets, our banks, our hospitals, our classrooms and beyond.

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