Some arts courses might give false promises to students about career prospects.
But instead of pointing the finger at FE colleges we should be talking about....
STRUCTURAL INEQUALITY IN THE ARTS.
Hold me, I'm going in.
Because WHO works in the arts now? The rich, white middle-classes.
They have to do unpaid internships. Internships which people currently in leadership positions in arts organisations DID NOT HAVE TO DO.
(Boris Johnson, I am looking at you.)
THEY GET PAID LESS FOR IT.
This is the central and most insidious tenet of meritocracy.
Anyone who has experienced structural disadvantage - PoC, the disabled etc - knows better.
But her solution is to keep the status quo.
The arts are too hard to get into not because they have a HORRIBLE problem with inequality but because students are aiming too high.
It's up to the arts to solve its poshness, whiteness, ableism, sexism and homophobia.
Because unless it lets the VAST MAJORITY of the population in, they will wither and die.
Show them the receipts.