youve missed the point entirely. DEFUNDING of arts programs is a fact, not a debate point .
STEM was just another BS term similar to the "focus on science and math" when I was a kid in elementary school in the late 50"s.
The interactions among the arts programs (music, visual, drama,) are critical. If your state had not defunded arts, then I applaud the forward thinking that your ed programs present. Back east, not so much. We have these public schools that are over administrated, under planned, and weve gone from buzzphrase to buzzphrase. "STEM" is just another one.
We agree to disagree, If you feel youve got a point , Ill listen but When I was on the Pa ed advisory board FOR SCIENCES, I was part of a movement that got some schmeckle in the mix so that hat you thought was obvious BECAME OBVIOUS.
During 2 governors tenure (one a conservative Dem and the other a Moderate "Pa Style" GOP). much damage to the arts was done in order to grow these STEM programs (They defunded many "magnet schools with programs for the gifted" and hired numbers of ill equipped teachers to become mentors in Math and Science (When the techers themselves need mentoring to develop some subject SKILLS(rather than just BS "theory of teaching"
Ive got lots of experience in this mess in Pa and two other states as a sort of conultant.