Standardized tests are the devil.
Fascinating! I do think it's true that arts have been a victim of this metrics-focused education, where everything is about practicalities and measurements and standardization. I love his questions about the way we group children. Hopefully within age groups there are groups by ability and that sort of thing, but even then, ability as measured by WHAT? Those same devilish standardized tests! Argh! The school where I work seems better than most at giving kids some independence and freedom and a looser structure that fosters some of the creativity that gets stifled elsewhere. I hope so, anyway.