Over the past year, you might have noticed that some of my Blog Posts have had Familial Themes, such as my Retirement (a year ago) or the arrival of our new (and only) Grandchild, Henry. Likewise, the need for life insurance and Wills for new parents. So, as I work through these personal events, I have taken to passing on my ideas.
The linked column, by Laura Kreutzer, from The Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323550604578412250659406338.html#printMode, points out one side of a very important issue. The U.S. has fallen behind many other countries in the study and application of STEM subjects–Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Many of the advances that Human Society has made over the years have come from the proper appreciation of these fields. Also, it tends to be where the better-paying jobs are. Both the Federal and many State Governments have emphasized the importance of STEM, as well.
This column hits close to home for us, since our Daughter works in Interior Design and has an Art Blog, and her Husband is an Art Professor. Needless to say, just like in the linked column, they have plenty of art work and art supplies around their house. So, I suggested that they take the Little Guy–all of two months old–to the science museum.
But, it is important to keep in mind that the STEMs do not exist in a vacuum. Wouldn’t some elements of Geography be necessary for the proper positioning of the landing site for a Moon or Mars Shot? History in the Military would help to–”Know (Understand) Your Enemy”. Logic (Philosophy) in Critical Thinking? Or, the appreciation of Art and Music with regard to the quality of life?
As the column cites, the question is whether the seven-year old girl developed an interest in Art on her own–or it was due to parental influence. It is a good reminder that children should be exposed to all facets of imagination and understanding–not only those of the parents.
Just like we don’t want to miss the next Einstein or Pasteur, our culture would be just as devastated if we didn’t identify the next Shakespeare or Monet. Oddly enough, one of the things that set Stave Jobs apart from the other computer geniuses was the interest in Calligraphy (of all things), which he developed after dropping out of college.