STEM education is all the rage, while the arts and humanities are being vilified. Will this make us better humans?
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education are supported in media, school board meetings, and the dinner table while the arts and humanities are dismissed as no longer significant or relevant to our 'growth' and prosperity. Many scientific and educational leaders have referred to the study of humanities in universities as 'a waste of time' and an 'affectation' no longer a 'luxury we can afford'. International competitiveness is often cited as the motivation. When we look at those four disciplines, do you think they will make us better humans, and lead us to where we want to go, without the accompanying study of the humanities and arts? If so, how? If not, why not?