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Blog #10

The concept of STEAM, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, is a concept that is unnecessary and unrealistic to today’s schools. Currently, STEM provides an adequate and functional learning experience to students through it’s range of topics covered. However, some people, like Yo Yo Ma, may challenge my view by insisting that, “the values behind art integration – collaboration, flexible thinking, and disciplined imagination – lead to the capacity to innovate.” While it may be true that the arts can achieve these skills within some students, the arts can also be a significant waste of time in most students’ lives. The arts provide skills that can already be learned through the concepts mentioned in STEM, proving this addition to be unnecessary.

3 Comments

  1. tmcpartlin

    I like how you go about saying “however, some people, like Yo Yo Ma, may challenge my views by insisting that…” I think that was a well thought out introduction to the quote and also does a good job showing that you and Yo Yo Ma have different views on the topic of STEM and STEAM. I think this paragraph is strong but I feel like if you add more to your reasoning of “the arts provide skills that can already be learned through the concepts mentioned in STEM” it will be even stronger. good job!

  2. jlee47

    Your paragraph is very well written and your position was clear right from the beginning. I do agree with Yo Yo Ma’s general ideas about skills obtained through learning art and empathy, but I also agree that learning about art would be a waste of time for many. Your claim would be very interesting to expand on in an essay.

  3. sgrennell

    I like how you say “Currently, STEM has an adequate and functional learning experience to students through it’s range of topics covered.” because it shows that art isn’t necessary when you have so many other important courses that could shape someone’s life.

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