Going backward to go forward?
The new national arts curriculum launched in August this year has set out a plan for a wildly new idea - that all children in schools from Kindergarten to Year 12 should be exposed to all artforms during their schooling. Not just some visual art, or music, which most schools offer, but drama, dance and new media. The radical program contrasted with the earlier proposal for a new national curriculum where the arts were entirely missing from the core subjects. Furious lobbying from the peak arts bodies has now yielded the All Artforms model.

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