STEM or Arts?June 1, 2018 |
by Tim Rowland
The pedantic hand-wringing that brought us the hard-sciences curricula known as STEM seems to be one area where those on both sides of the political aisle are in general, philosophical agreement.
In the early 1990s, then-Rep. Roscoe Bartlett became concerned that not enough kids with “normal names” were placing in local science fairs, a rather clumsy attack on Asian success in these competitions. But we knew what he meant.
He meant that we were surrendering the high-paying jobs associated with science, technology, engineering and math to foreigners who, we were told, were spending 23 hours a day in the classroom and developing complex computer programs by the time they were 10.