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Feb 11

Tales of a ‘culture starved’ generation: should school be the only place to learn about art?

Do you rely on school to teach your offspring about Picasso, Monet or Van Gogh? Have you ever taken them to the museum, the cinema, or the theatre? If not, then they could be amongst the millions of a new ‘culture starved’ generation of British children who have never been to an art gallery, theatre or stage show.

A according to new research carried out among 2,000 parents of five to12 year-olds throughout the UK, four in 10 children have never seen the inside of an art gallery, while 17 per cent haven’t visited a museum with their parents.

The research, which was commissioned by Visit Birmingham, also revealed that a quarter of children haven’t been to the theatre, while six in 10 have never heard or been to a classical music concert.

One in 10 kids hasn’t even left their home town to visit other sites in the UK.

And half of parents admit they make little effort to educate their children on culture or history, relying on schools to do so.

Instead, a third say they rely on schools to take full responsibility for sight-seeing trips and educational visits to local attractions

When questioned on why they make no effort to make their children more ‘cultured’ and knowledgeable about past history, a fifth of parents claim their offspring simply wouldn’t be interested.

A further 26 per cent claim they can’t afford to visit attractions, while 28 per cent don’t have the time to go trekking up and down the country.

A fifth of parents refer again to the fact that the children learn everything they need to know about culture and history at school. Well, that’s wishful thinking I’d say….

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