Arts and Creativity getting lost in STEM

Mason High School is hard.

And as STEM becomes more prevalent, it only gets harder.

In this day and age, we are taught that STEM is the way to go. In fact, kindergartners are required to take STEM education. STEM doesn’t grow with the creative arts, but instead seeks to replace it. As a result of this, there is a mindset among many that if you are not good at math or science, you’re not smart.

But what many don’t understand is that in order to excel in STEM, it is imperative to have some exposure in creative arts. Much of physics and math is problem solving. It’s all about looking at the same thing in a different point of view, which is what art or writing teaches you to do.

Last year I took AP Biology. The class was rigorous, but I was glad I was involved in The Chronicle and took AP Language and Composition to view the context in a different angle. My involvement in the Chronicle and AP Comp helped me view the context in AP Bio not as 2 dimensional but brought it to life. I was able to visualize and thoroughly understand what I was learning. Students should not be forced to pick between STEM and creative arts, but rather nurture both simultaneously.

This will pave way for intelligent and well-rounded students.