Students should move full STEAM ahead

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Don Gale is spot on in his observation that while STEM education is a good thing, "it is far from being good enough in today’s world." ("STEM is good, but not good enough," Opinion, May 10)

Several exhibits might be offered as evidence that adding an "A" for "arts" to STEM, as Mr. Gale advocates, is not only possible, it is necessary.

Exhibit A is the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. One of the significant components of these new standards is the emphasis on reading, and analysis, of nonfiction text. Not only will such emphasis help students better prepare for college, it will also provide them with new opportunities to experience, and apply, significant intersections of art and science, including those specific to the American West.

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