The human need for arts in state schools

<span>‘Dance, drama and making music are key human forms of communication.’</span><span>Photograph: Getty</span>
‘Dance, drama and making music are key human forms of communication.’Photograph: Getty

I’m appalled to read about the erosion and devaluation of the arts in state schools (Absolute outrage’: arts in state schools must be a priority for next government, say theatre leaders, 14 June).

I’m reminded of Rex Mottram in Brideshead Revisited, the businessman and entrepreneur who does not seem like a whole person. In our AI-robotic age, surely it’s time again to recall Henri Bergson’s two profoundly different ways of knowing: the method of analysis and way of intuition. The first giving rise to the sciences and society; the latter giving rise to the arts and culture. And the necessity for all our educational institutions to embrace both perspectives holistically, not subjugating intuition and imagination to analysis and academic discipline, or the arts to business, science and technology.
Trevor Jones
Sheringham, Norfolk

• Implementing Nancy Medina’s vision of arts as a necessity in state schools could start immediately by replacing dreary morning assembly hymns, prayer recitations and administrative directives with short theatre performances. Student-generated sketches, standup comedy, rap and rock would surely get the day off to an energising start – and stimulate positive engagement with arts learning in the classroom.
David Rees
Bournemouth, Dorset

• Dance, drama and making music are key human forms of communication. Whatever world schools are preparing children to enter, it is hard to imagine society wanting people with worse communication skills. For some children with disabilities, dance, drama and music create their key window on to the wider world. This independence day, I pray the incoming government opens more windows for growing minds.
Woody Caan
Duxford, Cambridgeshire