“…and then men like you will teach the kids. Not poems and rubbish! Science..!”

Oh, Christina…! If only this was an April Fool.


There has been a big emphasis in the last few years on the so-called Stem subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths. As education in the UK faces its biggest cuts since the 1990s, that seems set to intensify. These subjects matter. Of course they matter. But if we go all out for Stem and sideline the arts, we’ll produce clones of the robots that will threaten our children’s jobs. Less efficient clones, which will fail.

Technology as a threat, not a help to mankind. Great way to think!

We need the arts more than ever. Sure, we need the skills they teach us at a time of great challenge, but we need the arts because they light up our lives. We need them because a human heart is a human heart whether in a Kenyan slum or a gilded cage.

Very poetic. But interpretive dance doesn’t feed many slum dwellers…

4 comments for ““…and then men like you will teach the kids. Not poems and rubbish! Science..!”

  1. Hereward Unbowed.
    April 1, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    We were enforced through taxation to pay £10 mil’ for a girl band to get their big break in the Ethiop, isn’t that enough?

    Then there was the big wheel all girly’s funfair and stuff in Afghanistan, should’ve tried – hip hop innit.

    I want my showers now!

  2. Voice of Reason
    April 1, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Your last sentence is what I have said for years, which is why our university just defunded many graduate programs in the STEM areas, in favour of Music and Arts Administration.

    • April 5, 2017 at 8:19 am

      God help us all!

  3. April 2, 2017 at 5:55 am

    But…. yes but….. no but….. yes but when do they find the time amid all the dancing and singing capellas to read their Korans?

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