Ten years ago, the collective voice of Humanities faculty was drowned out by corporate lobbyists, economy-focused lawmakers and the allure of giant tech giveaways that advocated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
I taught for 30 years and yelled from the rooftop that, yes, art and music and literature made a rounded education, but it also encouraged adaptability and critical thinking. We had the data and clinical studies to prove it. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) was a far better path, but our voices fell on deaf ears.
Students have again paid dearly for another shortsighted experiment advocated by Olympia and D.C.
Bob Fisher, Ellensburg