Don’t stem creativity by leaving out arts subjects

Science, technology, engineering and maths are all getting a big push in schools, but one ingredient is missing that is vital for sparking each of them to life

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To Stem or to Steam? That is the question. Put another way, why do debates around science, technology, engineering and maths seem to squeeze out the arts – to reduce “Steam” to “Stem”?

The arts should matter in our education system, and here’s why.

In my teaching career, I have worked in two national centres of excellence – one in music, one in dance – and lectured in further education with students who have gone on to work with some of our national arts companies. I have seen, probably more than most educators, the effect specific training can have on students who move on to national drama, ...

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