Encourage teenagers to study arts so computer games of the future are not designed by ‘spotty nerds’, says CBI boss

The Independent is reporting that the head of the CBI has suggested teenagers should be encouraged to study the arts at school to make sure the computer games of tomorrow are not designed by “a spotty nerd”.

John Cridland, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, wants a drive to persuade schools to adopt the mantra of promoting “STEAM” subjects (science, technology engineering, the arts and maths) instead of just the STEM subjects pushed by ministers.

In an exclusive interview with The Independent, he said:  “One of the biggest growth industries in Britain today is the computer games industry.

“We need extra coders – dozens and dozens of them but nobody is going to play a game designed by a spotty nerd. We need people with artistic flair.”

13 August will see more than 2,000 teenagers receiving their A-level results – and exams regulator Ofqual has already let it be known there are increases in the number of candidates who have taken the traditional academic subjects of English, maths and science.

That will be good news for ministers who have been promoting the so-called STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). However, Mr Cridland would welcome the priority subjects being expanded to include the arts as well…

More at: John Cridland: Encourage teenagers to study arts so computer games of the future are not designed by ‘spotty nerds’, says CBI boss

 

We covered this call for people studying science A-levels to also include an arts subject – a STEAM curriculum – before, and I certainly think it is an idea with merit. 

However, I also despair at the idea apparently repeated by John Cridland here that there is somehow less creativity and original thinking amongst those involved in science than those in the arts. This is just total bunkum.

What do you make of his comments? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

 

Would it be better if A-level students were required to study arts and sciences?

 

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Comments

  1. irvingphil

    SchoolsImprove if Cridland had studied English he’d understand the difference between flair and training, + potential for harm in language.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove What everyone who’s not an MP is saying is that the new curriculum is too narrow arts-wise. Will ministers listen? Unlikely

  3. lennyvalentino

    SchoolsImprove Unpleasant stereotyping but he is right about art and computer games. Academia promoted at the expense of other areas atm.

  4. PeoplePensPaper

    lennyvalentino SchoolsImprove not sure I agree with the term ‘artistic flair’ – I’d say innovative and fresh ideas.

  5. Busy Mum

    Spotty nerd.
    Is that ‘spottist’ or ‘nerdist’ or both? Is it OK to label some people like this? Does spottynerdophobia count as a hate crime?Maybe it’s time for a powerful spotty nerd lobby to make sure comments like this get banned under the proposed EDOs.

  6. Busy Mum

    Spotty nerd.
    Is that ‘spottist’ or ‘nerdist’ or both? Is it OK to label some people like this? Does spottynerdophobia count as a hate crime?Maybe it’s time for a powerful spotty nerd lobby to make sure comments like this get banned under the proposed EDOs.

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