Why Arts and Humanities Are Vital To Education

Updated: Feb 7

SSOA members' responses to this week's writing prompt ranged from opinion pieces to addressing the proposition obliquely through fiction. You'll probably enjoy reading them all for their variety, but let's start with a story approach:

It wasn’t Harrison’s vocal level that made me go to the old bookshelf in the small dark office at the front of our terrace house, rather the tone of his voice. Listening to him call down the microphone to his friends as he sat in his bedroom playing 'Fortnite', his voice carried the serious immediacy of a captain shouting orders as he guided his sloop though a gale.

The office smelt of decaying paperbacks and yellowing foolscap. It had one small window that looked out onto the street and allowed a single beam of sunlight into the dingy space for three hours every afternoon when the sun dipped below the awning, before sinking beneath the thick green Japanese box hedge that lined the front of the house.

I ran my hand over the dusty undulations created by the different novels, thinking most of them beyond Harrison's capacity but stopped when I came to ‘The Old Man and The Sea’. Simple language that a thirteen-y