Literature Education in the Service of Popular Culture
The perception many have of the Arts is that of a space which harnesses things of symbolic significance deemed aesthetically pleasing but not seen as economically viable. It is important that as a society, we begin to appreciate that the arts are not simply valuable because of what they produce, but also because of the skills individuals gain through particular processes of learning and experience provided through engagement with these areas. Wealth is not created simply by possessing qualifications but, more importantly, by having the necessary skill set to ensure social and economic success. Processes of teaching and learning in the arts consistently immerse students in creative thought and activity; transformative action; political action (which brings visibility to marginalised realities and groups); and futuristic strategies designed to provide avenues of growth for the country.