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Status anxiety

There’s too much bunkum talked about the arts and education

Sir Nicholas Serota exaggerates how much the arts have been downgraded in schools and universities since 2010

24 October 2015

9:00 AM

24 October 2015

9:00 AM

At the last minute, a friend invited me to a ‘Distinguished Speakers Dinner’ at the Oxford and Cambridge Club earlier this week. The dinner was being hosted by Christ’s College and the speaker was Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate galleries and one of the college’s alumni. His subject was ‘The arts in education: luxury or necessity?’, which is why my friend thought I might be interested.

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Toby Young is associate editor of The Spectator.

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