11 comments on “Arts Advocates, Unite!

  1. Go team arts advocates! It always amazes me that, when you look at the skills employers want for jobs, they are skills taught through the arts. STEM courses teach valuable lessons, but the arts create valuable humans. This is a wonderful post that I intend to share. Thank you for this.

    • Thank you, Lisa! I once heard from a former NSA worker that they recruit agents with a music background. He said the skills of knowing note counts translates to an ability to make calculating decisions. I thought he was joing, but he was dead serious.

  2. Alan, I agree with much of what you say, and I like the idea of a STEAM education! The problem I see, as a scientist who has always loved the arts and who is now reinventing herself as a writer, is that most students prefer arts education, because it’s more interesting and exciting. The whole passion thing. Scientists often “do” arts, but artists seldom “do” science, and science – like other skill-intensive disciplines, requires hours and hours of training and practice. A young man I once knew said he “couldn’t do” math, yet he wouldn’t even work on it or try to understand it, whereas he spent hours practicing basketball.
    I believe it’s important to focus on STEM (or STEAM) training because our country has fallen woefully behind much of the rest of the “developed” world in STEM disciplines, probably because grade-school and high-school teachers weren’t properly trained and don’t really understand the basics of science. I could tell you some horror stories of poor teachers during my and my children’s educational experiences. In the face of very poor pre-college education, a person needs to be extremely motivated to pursue a scientific field.
    When half of our country’s population doesn’t believe in evolution, and doesn’t understand the difference between evidence and proof, we somehow need to motivate a deeper understanding of the way things work, in addition to enjoying arts and entertainment. Yes, let’s admit that arts are important, but that understanding science is essential for making informed decisions in this very complicated world.

    • Joanne,

      Always glad to see your name in the comment and like of each post. What I enjoy about developing blog post, in addition to the writing, are the various insights that readers (and often bloggers such as yourself) add to the discussion. Thanks again.

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