In a blog on HuffingtonPost.com, Pennsylvania elementary school principal Rob Furman says we must update our emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to include reading and arts and transform the popular acronym to STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math).
Acknowledging that efforts already have been made to add arts to the STEM term, making it STEAM, Furman said it is essential that reading be included as an essential part of the the education formula that prepares students for today’s high-tech jobs.
“Without the ability to read and write, there is not a job to be found for which STEM or STEAM education is going to be enough preparation,” he writes.
“Reading must be in the forefront of every educator’s mind. No matter what subject you teach, you are a teacher of reading. No matter what emphasis your school or the country puts on STEM or STEAM, you, as an educator, must see the critical importance of putting the skills of reading and writing first. It is our fundamental means of communication.”
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