Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music since 2004, has warned that hundreds of thousands of British youngsters have never even heard of Beethoven or Mozart thanks to the education system’s 'elitist' [NB, "elitist", NOT "elite"] treatment of classical music. So begins a news article by Simon Johnson for The Telegraph. It goes on to report that Sir Peter
said the situation has reached a “serious tipping point” whereby centuries of great works could be lost to future generations more interested in “vacuous celebrity culture and inane talent shows." He described the standard of music teaching in British schools as a “disgrace” and backed calls for every child to study classical works to help them better understand humanity. However, the 79-year-old said the same ignorance extended to other areas of learning, warning that many children are equally oblivious to the writings of Shakespeare or Dickens.One quails at what Sir Peter might have to say concerning this matter should he ever have cause to examine America's education system. We suspect he would be beyond appalled. Read the whole article here.