A recent report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences demonstrates the importance of a balanced education in the modern world. The educational focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is a necessary part of building the economy and improving the United States’ stance in the world; however, losing sight of the humanities and social sciences can have a dramatic impact upon the future of the country and the world at large.
Focusing on the need for the humanities and social sciences (languages, music, art, history, political sciences, anthropology, sociology, and many more) provides students with a well-rounded education. The report suggests that K-12 education with a focus on the humanities and social sciences provides a well-prepared and participatory citizenry. Through a shared partnership between K-12 education and higher education, there will be the emergence of a “true teaching network—from kindergarten through higher education—[that] will collect and share new methodologies, new discoveries, and new student needs” (25). Through these partnerships, teaching methodologies will be dramatically improved, and teacher training programs can learn from the on-the-ground needs expressed by primary and secondary teachers.
The need for STEM education is indeed important in developing and improving both the current and long-term economy, but what is likely needed is a balance of the humanities and social sciences with STEM education.
Check out the video