This post was originally from 5/24/14
I heard Mrs. Obama's speech at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Anna Wintour Gallery Opening. She talked to fashion design students and emphasized the use of math, science, and technology in the creation of Charles James' designs. She said students should think more carefully about what they are learning in geometry.
A colleague of mine just told me her son's school does not have art, but it is integrated into their language arts classes.
Are we losing "Art for arts sake?"
That's as far as I got. I still think that the emphasis on STEM and even STEAM is a way of creating validation for our subject matter that shouldn't be necessary. We shouldn't have to combine art with anything for people to see it's importance.