STEM. Read that acronym and you may be thinking about science, technology, engineering and math. You may also be thinking “What about the humanities and the arts?” And you may be thinking, as a colleague principal recently told us, you are tired of hearing about STEM.
But unpack what STEM offers and without changing its name, remain open to the possibilities this design offers all students and a clearer understanding may arise. Although it is apparent that the world of science, technology, engineering, and math are exploding, the world is also exploding with terrorism, fear, opposition, anger, abuses of all sorts and war. We need science and we need humanity. The good news is they go hand in hand if we chose to make it so. We have an opportunity to rethink school design and meet the college and career needs of students while preparing them with social emotional skills at the same time.