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Cultural Capital

Something that I believe is key to cultural capital is curiosity, which is, of course, a component also of creativity (see Hawking quote below). The urge, impulse, desire to find out more. Cultural capital is absolutely everywhere in our world, in our own house, our street, our town/city, across the nation, across the globe. Learning through art is to be viewed as a productive practice of meaning-making within the life-worlds of students. Avoid tagging on cultures that have little or no relevance to the students in your schools. Embrace the different cultures within schools, in the surrounding communities. 


Cultural Capital will not just develop by just taking children to an art show or to the theatre. It is the active participation in the arts that develops cultural capital. Through all the things that children love to do, we MUST ensure that young people don’t just experience the arts and culture but that they actively take part and create their own as participants. Children are unique human beings- they should sing, they should dance, they should twist, they should turn, they should rock and roll, they should imagine, and then script their stories and act them out, they should use their hands to twist, to bend, to shape, to mould, to feel, to cut, to tear, to form, to join, to draw, to paint, to make, and they should explore and experience all those wonderful haptic moments which are essential to developing as a human being. Their confidence in doing this is part of their cultural capital.