Options for public debate
In the Czech Republic, we are currently experiencing long-term isolation due to a pandemic. Issues of Covid 19 and economy occupy all communication media and culture is more on the margins of interest than before. This lack of interest in the public and in political leadership of the cultural sector has been lasting almost for a year.
Similar picture is in education in general, and art education is almost invisible. In recent months, protests from prominent cultural figures addressed to the Minister of Culture have appeared in the media, to which the Minister reacts and tries to resolve the situation, but his position and the position of his office are is week. He must logically submit his agenda to the epidemiological situation and measures.
Current events in education are even more problematic. The schools have been closed for a year and in the meantime a senseless revision of the curriculum has been accomplished, without public participation and without any debate with experts. This led to a whirlwind of protests from scholars, experts and teachers from all levels of schools and all educational areas. The field of art education also joined in protest letters and drew attention to the threat and devastation policy of the Ministry of Education and Youth for the field of arts and culture.
Letters of protest, Department of Art Education CU have been shared via communication platforms: Czech section of InSEA: https://www.insea.cz/open-disagreement
KVV website: https://tarantula.ruk.cuni.cz/AKTUALITY-12146-version1-opinion.pdf