29 09, 2015

STEM and Arts Equals the Best Education

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Hardly a day goes by that parents aren't reminded in ways large and small the degree to which their children must pursue STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) if they are to have any real shot at life. But overlooked in this narrativeĀ are the equally critical courses - art, music, dance, theatre, band, speech, etc. - that develop the other hemisphere of the brain, the one largely responsible for a child's emotional intelligence. A generation ago, Daniel Goleman captured the nation's attention with his groundbreaking book on emotional intelligence. In it, Goleman argued that