Dear #classicalmusic fan,
We are now living in someone’s prediction about the future.
How well are well doing?
Back in 2002, astronaut Mae Jemison gave a talk about how Science and the Arts are integral to one another, not disassociated.
Nobody working in science, technology, engineering or even (dare I say it) mathematics can operate without intuition and creativity. And nobody working in the performing, visual, language or culinary arts can operate without hypothesis, experiment, analysis and outcome.
Jemison suggested we must teach the Sciences and the Arts alongside each other, not relegate one as more important than the other by keeping it in mainstream curriculum while the other becomes an optional thing to do just for fun, for winning competitions (to help sustain a desired image), or if you can afford it.
Otherwise, she said, we’re in trouble:
If we describe the near future as 10, 20, 15 years from now, that means that what we do today is going to be critically important, because in the year 2015, and the year 2020, 2025, the world our society is going to be building on, the basic knowledge and abstract ideas, the discoveries that we came up with today… And when I think about it, I’m really worried. To be quite frank, I’m concerned. I’m skeptical that we’re doing very much of anything. We’re, in a sense, failing to act in the future. We’re purposefully, consciously being laggards. We’re lagging behind.Mae Jemison
Astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, physician and educator
Well, we are now in that future Mae spoke about, and how much better off are we since Science got labeled as good and worthy of testing and curriculum time, and the Arts as extra-curricular “unstable” entertainment?
Is STEM losing steam because we removed the Arts from Education?
Are we still “failing to act in the future?”
Find out what University of South Florida Professor Bob McCormick says about it in my latest podcast: