I share Dorian Love’s concerns about STEAM, so skillfully articulated in one of his recent posts, and reblogged below. True story: I discussed with a couple of colleagues last year my concerns that STEAM (formerly STEM, formerly “We need more Math & Science majors!’) is the most recent iteration of a thoughtful push toward a multidisciplinary teaching approach. And we joked about coining “SHTEAM” as the new goal!
In some quarters Art has rather begrudgingly been added to STEM, and although some definitions include the Humanities, Art is normally conceptualized as the creative arts, visual art, design and possibly music – a catchall for being creative. This leaves disciplines such as History, Philosophy, Language Arts or Literature out in the cold. Again, this depends on those doing the defining, but I would argue that we need to conceptualize STEAM as SHTEAM to make sure that the Humanities are included all the time! I believe this is vital because many begrudge adding even Arts to the equation! Yes, I am being somewhat facetious, because this suggestion, in fact, returns us to where we were before the STEM movement raised its head. SHTEAM is of course nothing but a well-rounded education! And that’s my point!
On my local University campus, you can see the consequences of neglectful thinking. Crossing campus…
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