STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM

Erik W. Robelen, Education Week, Dec 02, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've always considered it obvious that arts (and humanities, for that matter) education ought to be included with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) but I guess in these days of (supposedly) utilitarian learning it's not so obvious. It seems to me that skills such as perspective and pattern recognition - ways, in other words, of seeing the world - require these (supposedly) soft disciplines. It's one thing to, say, use mathematics to represent a pettern, but if you can't see the pattern to begin with then the mathematics is a bit empty.
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