The recognition of the importance of the Arts in education is picking up STEAM! Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Mathematics, that is.
U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to a federal education bill to integrate the arts into the nation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Rep. Bonamici, a co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, has tried to offer similar amendments in previous legislative efforts. This one passed unanimously.
This amendment’s success comes on the heels of a Congressional STEAM Caucus event on Capitol Hill last week recognizing eight schools for their work to incorporate the arts along with STEM subjects.
When TPA was formed in 1996, the founders recognized that the arts form part of the core of a well-rounded, liberal arts education. Now it seems that others in the nation are beginning to recognize this as well.