Steven Ross Pomeroy artfully explains the importance of adding the “A” to “STEM” — why science, technology, engineering, and math education alone is not a rounded education plan; that successful education systems must also focus on arts. As Pomeroy notes, ”Though many see art and science as somewhat at odds, the fact is that they have long existed and developed collaboratively. This synergy was embodied in great thinkers like the legendary Leonardo Da Vinci and the renowned Chinese polymath Su Song (see Star Map thumbnail). One of Carl Jung’s mythological archetypes was the artist-scientist, which represents builders, inventors, and dreamers. Nobel laureates in the sciences are seventeen times likelier than the average scientist to be a painter, twelve times as likely to be a poet, and four times as likely to be a musician.”
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