Nicky Morgan: pupils ‘held back’


‘Arts subjects limit career choices’

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has warned young people that choosing to study arts subjects at school could “hold them back for the rest of their lives”….

Extract from an article in the Telegraph:By Graeme Paton, Education Editor2:54PM GMT 10 Nov 2014

…..Schoolchildren who focus exclusively on arts and humanities-style subjects risk restricting their future career path, the Education Secretary has warned.

Disciplines such as the sciences and maths open more doors for pupils than many subjects traditionally favoured by academic all-rounders, according to Nicky Morgan.
She said too many young people were still making GCSE and A-level choices at school that held them back for the rest of their life.
Large numbers of children without a clear idea about careers have been pushed towards the arts and humanities in the past – rather than sciences – because they are seen as more useful “for all kinds of jobs”, she said.
But she insisted that this “couldn’t be further from the truth”, claiming that more practical disciplines should be studied to “keep young people’s options open and unlock the door to all sorts of careers”…..

Extract from an article in The Stage: by David Hutchison – Nov 11, 2014

…..In her speech she said young people used to be told that STEM subjects led to specific career paths, such as medicine or engineering.

She continued: “But if you wanted to do something different, or even if you didn’t know what you wanted to do…then the arts and humanities were what you chose. Because they were useful – we were told ­– for all kinds of jobs…..

Extract from an article in the a-n: 

A letter to Nicky Morgan: ‘Art is a universal wealth which no-one can take from us’

….. My career was ‘limited to the arts’ as a science graduate might have found her career choices ‘limited to science’. That, I expect, is why we each chose to train in the field we wanted to work in. You say dismissively that “if you didn’t know what you wanted to do… then the arts and humanities were what you chose.” My experience is otherwise. I chose the appropriate qualification for my chosen career, as I’m sure did James Dyson. The fact that there is more money in vacuum cleaner design than poetry is not his fault….

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