A challenge

I have picked out two passages from an article which appeared in today’s edition of The Guardian. And I would like to set a challenge for readers of this blog:

Could you pack more patronising nonsense into fewer words?

A virtual pint for anyone who can.

For others, such as early years writer Juliet Mickelburgh, there is a worry that more “middle-class” art forms, such as classical music, could be over-emphasised at the expense of, say, rap music. “Is there a danger that working-class culture could be seen as inferior to middle-class culture?” Mickelburgh asks.


The teacher blogger Jen Beaton has written that “cultural capital” suggests “white, middle-class paternalism” and an older generation looking down its nose at Stormzy in favour of Mozart. The reality is that students bring their own cultural capital to lessons and that teachers can learn from them, too, she says.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Francis FitzGibbon on September 3, 2019 at 11:53 am

    If other things were not already boiling my blood, this would. It perfectly possible to admire and like both Stormzy and Mozart; Dylan and Keats; fish & chips and foie gras. Nothing is too good for anyone.


  2. Posted by alan on October 10, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    …there is worry that low brow art forms like Guardian opinion pieces might be overemphasised in this blog at at the expense of literary criticism.


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