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STEM’s Effectiveness is Multiplied When the Arts are Added

By David Johnson, Event Marketing Intern


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Government leaders around the nation are pushing for an increased focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. The belief is that teaching STEM to students will help them develop into more complete leaders in the future, ready to take on challenges and solve complex problems. While these beliefs are correct, they are not the whole truth.

“A foundation in STEM education is exceptional at making us more efficient or increasing speed all within set processes, but it’s not so good at growing our curiosity or imagination. Its focus is poor at sparking our creativity.”

The greatest business ideas (or any idea that is used to solve a problem) are driven by innovation and imagination. Just like math, science, engineering, and technology, the talent of creativity is also learned and developed at a young age.

A Michigan State University study observed a group of its honors college graduates from 1990 to 1995 who majored in the STEM fields. Their research uncovered that of those students; the ones who owned businesses or filed patents, had eight times the exposure to the arts as children than the general public. This is just one of the many examples out there proving that arts education has a long term effect on students and must be a vital part of our education system if we plan on growing as a country.

November 5, 2014

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