U.S. is finally attempting to take the steps needed to address our growing educational deficit – latest studies showing that American students are falling behind as for humanities. Most of students are focused on STEM – science, technology, engineering, mathematics – education.
Are humanities so important?
In every discussion of the future of education there are beleaguered humanities: underfunded, underappreciated, and undervalued. Many prominent authors, writers, and intellectuals have noticed this trend and spoken out against it. They note that since the value of the humanities isn’t measurable with regards to economic output, that does not mean they do not have value.
You cannot be capable to build a rocketship or program a network with a keen understanding of Proust or your deep understanding of Picasso’s blue period, but that does not mean that studying those things isn’t significant to the overall method of creating them. The humanities, especially now, are under threat, they are more essential than ever before to K-12 education.
The most basic and essential advantages that humanities education provides proficiency and ability in reading, writing, and critical thinking. K-12 students, no matter how brilliant they’re at mathematics and science, need exposure to great writing and great literature in order to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the modern workplace.
Creativity for future carrier
Employers can be looking for STEM candidates to fill their increasing technical positions, but at the same time they’re starting to recognize how important this activity is to a prosperous business. Creative solutions and creative individuals are trendy, thrilling, and valuable in the modern workplace. It is better to teach students creativity than exposing them to art, literature, music, movies, and culture. Students frequently do not feel that they’re creative, or complain that they lack creative talent, but creating art is just one of the ways to participate in a creative world.
By appreciating, understanding, and discussing creative works, students take part in the conversation and learn to express themselves creatively, improving their critical thinking skills and their problem solving capacity. Creativity is a vital tool for professional success, and it is hard to overestimate its value at work. A survey of 1500 CEOs identified creativity as the most crucial leadership competency for the future. In a world of increasing complexity, having the ability to think outside the box is crucially important.