Gov. Bob McDonnell has been a huge proponent of the STEM philosophy. That is our school children need to be well-versed in science, technology, engineering and math in order to compete for jobs in the economy they will encounter upon graduation.
McDonnel usually adds a hyphenated “H” to his STEM in order to promote the health fields as well.
While no doubt the future holds well-paying job in the STEM fields, will this concentration on the technical strip our children of a more fundamental, well-rounded, dare I say, liberal education. Will they be less capable of understanding and appreciating the rest of life that occurs outside the workplace?
Danielle Allen, a professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., makes the case for humanities in an op-ed into today’s Washington Post, “The humanities are just as important as STEM classes.”
Also, check out that movement to transform STEM to STEAM with the addition of arts and design to the curriculum as important components that help students better grasp technical concepts.
There is but so much time in a school day. The arts have historically been crowded out for the three Rs. Will they be kicked to the curb entirely for STEM? How will this serve our society in the long run?