Monday, May 5, 2014

STEM and Leonardo da Vinci

While I understand the motives behind the push for greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in school, I wonder if it means we may push aside those who have the potential to create the next Mona Lisa?

By raising the importance of STEM, what are we telling the artists, the creatives, the writers?

And now we not only have STEM, we also have eSTEM, STEAM (applied math), and MINT (math, information sciences, natural sciences, and technology).

What if we focused instead on the acronym CHILD, as in individual student? Perhaps we would learn quickly it is not an acronym after all, and each one is unique -- some are artists, some are scientists, some are business-minded, some are writers, some are engineers.

"Leonardo, what are you doing?"

"It is a sketch of a painting I want to work on."

"Painting? No, no, no, Leonardo. Put that away and get to work on your math. There will be no more drawing in my class."

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