How does art fare in our public schools?
Let me tell you, not good at all! I was looking at more than a half-dozen of state schools here in our area when I was looking for a school for our two girls. Coming from a family where we always value art and want to nurture it whenever we can, my impression from our public schools was less than stellar, to say it mildly.
The public schools I looked at all offered merely one hour per week of art education. I ask, how would this one hour be sufficient to bring out the creativity of our children? This is simply not enough.
When I started to look into the option of sending our children to a private school I had a much better impression. To be honest, I was very impressed about what those private schools offered to children in addition to their standard classes. Both of those schools offered a variety of courses that ranged from theatre plays to painting, pottery and many more.
As compared to state schools they furthermore have frequent excursions to museums and exhibitions on their schedule.
I am aware that the good private schools here in the United Kingdom come with a drawback, that is of course that they cost money. Then again, if you think about it, would you really want to save money when it comes to how your children will be able to grow up?
In my opinion, your children potentials and interests need to be actively supported and nurtured. If this should cost money, then it is an investment that it’s more than worth-wile, if you ask me.
Whether it’s your children’s interest in art, music or other things, seeing that our public school system is lacking in this regard you might also want to look into a private school if that’s an option for your family. Our choice for our children is Kingshottschool, one of the good private schools in Hertfordshire. I’m sure you will find equally good private school in your area.