According to a recent study, children in the UK are 'culture starved'. That's to say, a significant percentage have not visited art galleries, museums or the theatre. Of course, there are many factors to consider and, in these times of growing austerity, cost is probably top of the list.
But the study reveals that half of those parents surveyed, believed it was the role of the schools to introduce 'culture' into the lives of their children. This got me thinking, perhaps it's just a little too easy to shift the onus, entirely, to schools. Surely, there can be few things better than shared cultural experiences with our children?
A Southampton Primary School has been in the news just recently, after it introduced the fourth 'R' (Reasoning) to the curriculum. Philosophy for children is a great initiative, but I wonder how many parents will see it merely as something else that's only done in school? Isn't, education a partnership, entered into with an agreed goal of providing a child with every opportunity to connect with the world and fulfil potential?
Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe thinking has become so passé.