Saturday, November 22, 2014

STEM vs STEAM: Why Are We Still Debating This?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. STEAM is the addition of 'A' for the Arts. The STEM initiative arose out of concern that the U.S. was falling behind globally in those areas. According to the U.S. Department of Education only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a STEM career and have proven a proficiency in mathematics. (Source:

While I understand those concerns, what we need is a well-rounded education, balanced by subjects based in logic (STEM) and those in the Arts, e.g. visual art and design, drama, and music. A diet that is missing protein is bad for us. An education that is missing the Arts is also deficient.

Innovation is inherently a creative process and we need to practice creativity. To suggest that grade school education doesn't need the Arts is short-sighted.

As a parent, does your child's school include art, music and drama? If not, this is the time to start advocating for the arts.

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