President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative emphasizes training in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). More recently, arts have been added to STEM, resulting in the acronym STEAM: Science and Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, based in the Mathematical elements. However, should the arts be used only to cultivate better scientists? Or might the arts be valued apart from of their service to math and science?
Nanni-Messegee, L., & Murphy, T. B. (2013). Putting Theatre Arts to the Test: Student Performance that Goes Beyond STEM and STEAM. Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges, 18 (1). Retrieved from http://commons.vccs.edu/inquiry/vol18/iss1/6