Jeremy Hunt: “Criminal” not to teach children an appreciation of culture

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To an invited audience at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, today, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that a national cultural education plan would be published later in the year.

In response to Darren Henley’s Review of Cultural Education, published in February, Hunt said that more than £15 million over three years would be allocated to the proposals.

“It is criminal not to plant the seeds that allow an appreciation of culture as not to teach children history, geography or science.”

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt in particular praised the role that technology can play in the arts, and suggested the development of a digital channel dedicated to live arts: “For too many of our cultural organisations technology is still about having a good website, instead of a tool to boost artistic innovation, help fundraising and reach new audiences.”

Read more about Darren Henley’s Review of Cultural Education in England and our response to it in February/March 2012.