There is a prevailing consensus that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects are not adequately addressed in most schools, and that our graduates—and our society—will fall behind in innovation capacity because they will lack the skills represented by STEM. Indeed, the recently published Common Core emphasizes the need to expand STEM education in most grades. And, in our state, over 100 leading employers established and fund The Maryland Business Roundtable for Eduction to promote STEM in our schools.
A recent Atlantic Monthly article discusses the growing realization that scientific and mathematical concepts are not sufficient to foster innovation, and that a key ingredient is creativity. The article describes the work of educators who emphasize that STEM must be integrated with teaching art and design, if we are to educate innovators and original thinkers. Some have suggested that the letter A (“art”) be added to the acronym, to produce STEAM. Once again, Waldorf Education is ahead of the curve, as art is integrated in all other subjects, including mathematics and science (see here, for example.)