Why do students from privileged schools dominate the Year 12 art work exhibition?

Trevor McCandless, Jun 15, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Another example of a case where the definition of 'merit' is actually a selection mechanism for background and privilege. "What makes someone particularly good at ‘art’ is not what tends to be taught in schools, but rather the tastes and dispositions students already have due to their social class and how well they can display these tastes and dispositions in ways which surprise the judges. Access to the tastes and dispositions that ensure success is restricted to those with the right cultural, social and ultimately financial capital." Image: StArt Up.

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