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    In the beginning I thought that the arts was being heavily undermined and that more and more young people were being pushed away from ‘artsy’ subjects and pushed more towards subjects deemed as being more academic. Whilst I still hold this view I have gained a better understanding of why the people I have encountered think and feel this way and what is being done to change it. Research into other people’s views has shown me that most people think the same, that the Arts is important but society doesn’t deem it so. Whilst this seemed paradoxical at first, as the majority of the people I spoke to had a positive attitude towards the arts and that majority makes up society, therefore society should then have a positive outlook on the Arts, after further talks with students and adults it became clear that the younger generations value the Arts more so than the older generations do. Whilst my views on some art subjects have slightly changed, for example I now believe Art is slightly easier if the individual has natural talent and is naturally creative. However I still believe the arts should be valued in the same way that academic subjects are especially considering both require hard work and skill if not the Arts requires more hard work as the student is forced to actively challenge themselves. In Science or Math the student is asked to remember formulas and regurgitate facts and figures, whilst this is also difficult, I feel we as a society shouldn’t be able to discriminate against certain subjects, when not everyone in society understands or is aware of how hard those subjects are. All subjects should be looked at with equal weight.
    One of the key reasons, I have come to understand, as to why schools within my local area and adults within my local area value more academic subjects is because there is a push for schools to do well on government league tables. My secondary school, the Oxford Academy, focused largely on well achieving academic students who they thought could boost up the school's average whilst students taking less ‘academic ‘ subjects were given less attention.

    Other people I have spoken to have pointed out that, this is how society works however it is clear if the arts continue to be undervalued like they are, and cuts continue to be made, the arts will cease to exist and an unimaginative, drone like society is all that will be left. It is not fair to value certain subjects over other subjects, nor is it fair to deem certain subjects ‘soft’ just because they don’t entail the ‘practical’ work that people falsely believe other subjects do.

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