The National Science Foundation coined the term STEM, as a way of focusing attention on the need to address the gap between the need to have more, well prepared, engineers and scientists in our universities and workforce, and the existing condition in our schools and lack of student preparation.
Since then, efforts to add the "A" to STEM have become more and more pronounced. Check out this video by Georgette Yakman, of STEAM. She not only provides context for the concept of S.T.E.A.M., she also offers possibilities for districts and schools.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Todd Berman, an artist in San Francisco, and publisher of The Art Don't Stop, drew this picture of me as I was giving a greeting at the APASF Arts Resource Fair in San Francisco. My remarks were focused on how all teaching and learning should include a creative lens.
I appreciated Todd's perspective in that teaching and learning is not only rocket science, but it suggests the power of the aesthetic in reality, including education. We have seen Ken Robinson's TED talk on schooling and creativity, as well as read Einstein's work on the integration of science and art.
I hope that as we move forward in the work, we remain mindful of the power of science and art to offer a more complete expression of knowledge.
“Through art and science in their broadest senses it is possible to make a permanent contribution towards the improvement and enrichment of human life and it is these pursuits that we students are engaged in.”
- Frederick Sanger
Sunday, October 6, 2013
A new poverty index released by Stanford's Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Public Policy Institute of California, shows that 22 percent of all Californians are in poverty. Because of the weak job market and the high cost of living in California, a large percentage of the population continue to struggle to make ends meet. The study...