Paul Roseby, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre has called for the arts to be give equal status to sports in schools.
Writing in the Stage this week he said: "As artificial intelligence micro-chips away at our manual workforce, the new currency is emotional intelligence. Honing empathy and creative leadership skills to the max will empower a new generation of cultural heroes such as those sport enjoys today. From the Chinese government to the Harvard Business Review, around the world researchers and commentators are observing how cultural offerings benefit young people, recognising the value of non-cognitive activities and replicating them in their formal institutions. So why can’t we? The arts doesn’t just offer soft power, it offers staying power. We need to install that staying power in every school and celebrate arts days alongside sports days, or we are in danger of becoming an island museum of cultural heritage with no cultural financial future."
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