Professional members’ organisation Dance UK has hit out at universities minister David Willetts, who has suggested that A-level dance should be given fewer points than “classic” subjects in the university admissions procedure.
Willetts made the claims in an interview with the Daily Telegraph published today – the article reads: “He suggested that the ‘classic A-levels’ traditionally valued by top universities should be given higher ratings by UCAS and in school-by-school league tables published by the government every year.
“He said newer subjects such as dance, photography and media studies were valuable to students who wanted to specialise in those areas but it must be acknowledged that they are ‘not core academic subjects’.”
Caroline Miller, Dance UK director, has accused both MPs of being narrow-minded in their approach to the subject.
She commented: “Both politicians reveal a narrowness of thinking which is potentially damaging for ensuring a rich curriculum is available to all young people in Britain. We need a diversity of subjects in education to meet the diversity of our young people and to create a balanced society.”
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