Okay, I keep putting off this post because I am not wise in the ways of education, art or otherwise. The thing I am aware of is that kids in public schools are not given nearly enough art and design teaching, and it seems to be lessening by the year.
STEM as an acronym is a fairly new concept to me- I’m not entirely sure of when I first heard it, but it’s catchy and seems to be gaining momentum as a concept for parents and educators to rally behind. Is this a common term that every day parents are aware of, or is it mostly relegated to people in education?
I assume most people have heard of it, but if you haven’t, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics – 4 areas where there are a shortage of skilled workers in the U.S. There is a push to emphasize these subjects and integrate them together in order to better compete with other countries.
In addition to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics covered by STEM, some people have realized that the arts can be integrated into this whole effort. Now we have the acronym, STEAM. I love these people for taking art under their wings. Poor art is always the underdog, and should it be? Obviously not.
There are a growing number of studies showing the importance of art in the educations of our children. I’ve been compiling them, so look for me to get on my soapbox a whole bunch more as I pull out facts and figures to wow you all.
I’m not sure what the point of this post is- it’s maybe just a formal way for me to prepare for chatting about art education here. I’m excited to learn more about it, and I’m excited to be another voice to champion this cause.
So? Any thoughts? Are there any people out there knowledgeable or passionate about this topic who want to add to the conversation? Or maybe you want to learn along with me. I hope so.