Almost 10% of the UK’s workforce work in the creative industries, and 9% of the UK’s GDP derives from the Creative Economy (This is more than the UK’s car, life sciences, oil, gas and aerospace industries combined) - so the concept of scaling back investment in creative education is madness, right?. Even more so if we look to the future - we all know the robots are coming.
There are three very human traits that machines struggle to automate 1) they don’t have common sense, 2) they don’t understand (or have) empathy and 3) they can’t match our creative capabilities. So if we want our children and grandchildren to have jobs, we need to stop obsessing about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), STEAM is far more important - putting ‘Art’ (i.e creativity/design) at the heart of education. Sir Ken Robinson is completely right, saying that “creativity is as important now in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.