I share NZ Sharron's view. For us in Queensland Australia we have a very
strong Arts policy and all students must study an Arts subject to the end of
Middle School. This has its ups and down sides - especially as their appears
to be different attitudes towards what is taught in each area and how this
is regarded, i.e. some arts subjects are valued far greater over others in
terms of demands from students, i.e. music is regarded as a specialist
subject and art is not. I sure this could be a top for I contensious debate.