In previous posts I’ve spoken about how a concentration on the STEM subjects, Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics can skew the curriculum offered to young people. Specifically, if more time is given over to promoting them, then the Arts and Humanities tend to be under pressure.
I’ve certainly played my part in promoting STEM-based learning myself, both as a SETPOINT for Nottinghamshire and within the Building Schools for the Future programme, where new Academies were often promoted as having a STEM focus as this had the capacity to make learning more ‘world’ and ‘problem-solving’ based.
It is also true that the UK, and from the article, the US, need to recruit both graduate- and technician-level employees to drive key elements of their national economies. However, an essential part of the scientific and technical process is the ability to combine the roots of theory with the wings of creativity. For that reason I would wish to see our learners equally exposed to the applied sciences and the creative arts in their statutory studies.
My colleague from St Carries Center, Darleana McHenry always prefers to refer to STEAM, which finds a place in the mix for the Arts!