“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.” Sydney Gurewitz Clemens
When searching for a preschool for our toddler, we visited so many schools. Asking almost the same questions everywhere – what will you focus on for our kid’s early education and how will you deliver that. And getting almost the same answers – We will teach him to write A to Z and 1 to 50 in 1 year. Plus, every school had a detailed curriculum up to 10th standard focusing on all the required tenets of a great STEM education. But something was missing there and we were not satisfied.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This is all you need to secure a good job in today’s world. And then, Steve Wozniak asked a very apt question during his recent visit to India filling in the missing piece – Success in India is based on studying, having a job…where’s the creativity?
STEAM modifies STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math– by adding art, a crucial part of a well-rounded curriculum, and it’s the hottest trend in education right now.
B to Z is history – A is the new king
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
In a very interesting article titled “The Right Brain Develops First ~ Why Play is the Foundation for Academic Learning“, Vince Gowmon emphasises that our right brain develops first. And it does so by the time children are 3-4 years of age. The left brain, on the other hand, doesn’t fully come online until children are approximately seven years old; hence the first seven years being recognized as such a critical period in child development.
Art and design are a critical component of how kids will solve the problems of the future. STEAM keeps the focus on important science and technology skills while also drawing out the creativity inside every child. Why do we need to learn fast maths when Google Glasses can do that for you in front of your eyes just by saying that aloud? Why do we need to remember anything when all the information is literally available to us at our fingertips?
What we do need is what to make of that information and think out of the box. So, if you want to prepare your child for the future, focus only on A and not on A to Z.