Billy Bragg: ‘education reforms risk stifling creativity’

From The Guardian:

Singer Billy Bragg has warned that the government’s education reforms risk stifling creativity and leaving the pop charts the preserve of a well-off public school elite.

Bragg used a lecture in memory of broadcaster John Peel in Salford to criticise education secretary Michael Gove’s plans to scrap GCSEs in favour of an English baccalaureate.

The singer and leftwing activist said the government’s proposed new education system threatened to exclude creative subjects from the core qualifications expected of 16-year-olds.

“At a time of cuts to the education budget, the pressure on schools to dump subjects like music and drama in favour of those that offer high marks in performances tables will only grow,” said Bragg.

He criticised the “insistence that knowledge is more important than creativity”, adding: “As Albert Einstein said, imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the whole world”.

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