STEM to STEAM: Educators consider value of arts

Education Week reports in the Dec. 7 edition that some educational experts have renewed the call for adding the arts to the STEM curriculum….

STEM—shorthand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—has quickly taken hold in education policy circles, but some experts in the arts community and beyond suggest it may be missing another initial to make the combination more powerful. The idea? Move from STEM to STEAM, with an A for the arts….Momentum appears to be mounting to explore ways that the intersection of the arts with the STEM fields can enhance student engagement and learning, and even help unlock creative thinking and innovation….READ MORE

Carrie Lobman, Ed.D., on ImprovisationalLearning.org notes that it’s a positive development to see educators in both arenas questioning the dichotomy between art and science, a division that serves neither group.

That division…has led to the teaching of science and math as set of ahistorical truths and to the teaching of the arts (when its done at all) as if there is no rigor required. But what about the enormous creativity and play that was required for the discovery of DNA and the precision and discipline needed to dance in Swan Lake? READ MORE

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About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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