Australia's school education minister, Peter Garrett, has launched an online resource intended to help teachers better integrate the arts into classroom lessons. Advocates say the ARTS:LIVE programme, designed to help raise student achievement, is necessary because the country does not have enough specialist music and art teachers. "The evidence here and in other countries is this unrelenting pursuit of improving literacy and numeracy scores just through testing and focusing on that aspect of the curriculum to the detriment of the arts has not worked," professor Brian Caldwell said.

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