Last week my post on STEM disciplines and Obama’s State of the Union Address got some attention in the blogosphere. To follow-up, I want to call your attention to Danielle Allen’s piece in today’s Washington Post. Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, warns against becoming a “nation of technocrats.” Here is a taste:
Let’s not forget that you can’t do well in math and engineering if you can’t read proficiently, and that reading is the province of courses in literature, language and writing. Nor can you do well in science and technology if you can’t interpret images and develop effective visualizations — skills that are strengthened by courses in art and art history.
You also can’t excel at citizenship if you can’t read, write or speak well, or understand the complexity of the world and think historically. History helps us understand the features of our worlds that are changeable and that require either reform, because they are damaging, or protection, because they are valuable but vulnerable.
Read the rest here.