The nation’s attention on education has been focused on STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. However, it is our duty as parents and community leaders to ask – is it enough?
STEM is important to compete in today’s world. However, our schools have not yet achieved the level of excellence that would provide our children that competitive advantage. U.S. students finished 25th in math and 17th in science in the ranking of 31 countries by the Organization for Economic Coordination and Development (OECD). That is alarming.
Perhaps an optimized approach should be considered. We ask should should change the acronym STEM to STEAM? To stay ahead of the game in the 21st century, skills like collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication must be integrated into a STEM education. These 21st century skills are inherently needed to success in today’s competitive world. To this end, art education cannot be forgotten. Arts teach exactly these skills that can empower our children to succeed in their chosen careers.
Arts to Grow looks to play our part in this important mission of helping our children prepare for their future. Click here to learn more about our arts programs and how you can support this important mission.