All my adult life has been focused primarily on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). My technical degrees are in mathematics and physics. However, it has taken another Cancer Survivor (Camille Metoyer Moten) to help pull my head totally out of the technical sand to appreciate theater.
I am amazed at Moten giving her last bit of strength to go onto the stage struggling with the residuals of cancer to perform. I have worried sometimes that she is pushing too hard, but I recount working on science projects with similar zeal. Thus, I see that the United States of America needs a cross section of the arts and STEM.
I am a great fan of concertos and choirs singing religious music. I find the arts are great motivators for my ability to write. I often listen to music two or more hours before I write one word on a new article or book. Hence I do not often get writer’s block and I can write quickly.
Hence, I urge our educators not to throw the arts under the bus to train our children in STEM versus also educating them in the arts.