Want Your Children to Survive The Future? Send Them to Art School
Dustin Timbrook

First, the notion that somehow science and creativity are separate endeavors, where the artist corners the market on creativity is a common position for those outside of the scientific tradition. Creativity is a hallmark of science, and to suggest that the artist exercises this muscle more so than the scientist seems to be promulgated by those who have experienced science as a class that they had to take, or something that they read about in a book. Understanding our physical world demands creativity.

Second, the whole STEM thing is rather annoying. So, now we call it STE(A)M to include the arts. Why don’t we include history, social science, humanities, and call it SSHTEAM. Or we could just call it “college”, or “high school”, or “education”. A proper, and useful, education involves all aspects of the human condition. To spend early childhood, or any early steps in education, focusing on a particular discipline does a disservice to all. Sure, STEM is important. So are the arts. Coding academies aren’t going to solve the world’s ills. Nor are “We Are the World” recordings.

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