Saturday, February 13, 2016

STEM, STEAM, et al

Mulling recently about the focus in education on STEM. That then led to a train of thought about those who keep insisting that Arts should be included in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths. I understand not wanting to be left out but the effort to advance STEAM has always struck me as chimerical. Arts are undoubtedly important but they are not of a like nature with STEM.

But why that instinctive response?

That led to this consideration as each of these categories relate to education.
STEM - The transfer of a body of knowledge.

Humanities - The transfer of a body of interpretations.

Arts - The transfer of a body of techniques.

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