There is the “realistic” thinkers and the “creative” thinkers; the factual people and those who are more about ideas. This common difference in people has grown into two distinct categories in education that puts intellectual people into a group and creative people into another. I have always been a more reasonable person: always looking for an exact answer to everything. I wouldn’t consider myself to only be factual as I have an imagination that is never ending. The education system puts humans, who are emotional and intelligent creatures, into groups that only allow for one characteristic to be the focus. The careers that form the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (also known as STEM), provide the foundation for education. A person’s ideas can be put to use in the liberal arts fields, which seems to assist the main focus of STEM. I find that no one fits perfectly into either category. I believe science versus art to be an indisputable argument as both are important parts of humanity. Looking at productivity and human advancements, STEM has the most beneficial impact. Society is constructed and advancements among humans are produced by those who have degrees in the STEM fields. Liberal arts degrees provide important aspects of communication and creativity but simply enhance work being done in the major science fields. Without education and work in technical subjects, the liberal arts majors may never make progress or succeed financially. Not only does science education hold value but it also makes money in the real world. STEM education is more important than liberal arts education because human advancements would not happen without the work being done in these fields.

Left and Right Brain
Left and Right Brain

Those who earn degrees in STEM often have knowledge and skills in varying subjects aside from their major. The skill set of an individual can allow them to be successful in their field, without working alongside a liberal arts major. In the article “Myth: A Liberal Arts Education Is Becoming Irrelevant”, Carol T. Christ points out the benefits of both education types in all fields. “A liberal arts education often presents students with contradictory opinions from different viewpoints, forcing an in-depth examination and critical distillation of data; I can think of no skill more important for scientists and engineers.” Any person with a  major in the STEM fields can also have critical thinking and creative skills that help them in their work. Majoring in STEM does not mean an individual does not have knowledge in the liberal arts. When it comes to getting hired, a degree alone will not be what gets a person hired but their wide range of thinking skills that allows them to do well in many areas. This means that an individual’s background has just as much impact on their outlook for a career as does a piece of paper. Incorporation of liberal arts in the education of a STEM major can produce a well-rounded graduate.

Stem Education
Stem Education

Liberal arts degrees add necessary aspects to STEM degrees, but do not make up their own fields entirely. In the article, “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today’s Global Marketplace”, Edward J. Ray explains that “The STEM disciplines are eminently worthy areas of study. Anxious parents often counsel their children to pursue these disciplines because job prospects are seemingly better in STEM areas.” The opportunities in the STEM fields are constantly rising, changing and growing. The future seems to depend on STEM with liberal arts as a sidekick. “But in today’s world of changing demographics, 24/7 news cycles and a global marketplace, the liberal arts are critical to success in every economic sector. There can be no doubt that they play an essential part in providing a foundation for learning in every professional field.” The amount of jobs in the liberal arts fields may be increasing but the money being made by those people isn’t showing. Students are leaning away from the competitive technical STEM careers and towards the creative liberal arts with an individual mindset. In times of poverty in America, liberal arts lacks the ability to make money and improve stability. Liberal arts may assist the professional fields, but they are not a field on their own. The amount of people needed to assist STEM career majors is not nearly as great as the amount of people needed to major in STEM.

Stem vs. Non-Stem
Stem vs. Non-Stem

STEM makes up main subjects that teach detailed understanding of factual concepts. In the article, “College Calculus”, John Cassidy mentions that “Promoters of higher education have long emphasized its role in meeting civic needs. The Puritans who established Harvard were concerned about a shortage of clergy; during the Progressive Era, John Dewey insisted that a proper education would make people better citizens, with enlarged moral imaginations.” Throughout history, emphasis on STEM fields has been a major contributor to the advancements in society. The more people who are educated in scientific subjects, the better off the masses will be. Basics of today’s society have been built through the STEM fields. Liberal arts adds creativity, emotion and reflection on the work that has been done but does not benefit future advancements. The STEM fields have created technology and methods that define how humans live. It is important for people today to continue to develop not only inventions but the overall intelligence of the people of America. To do this, we need young minds working in science and in competitive fields building the way humans live.

The STEM field majors have built our daily lives, have made humans understanding of the world’s processes clearer and are building knowledge that will make huge differences in the future of the human species. While liberal arts impacts STEM education, the careers in the STEM field are the foundation for education. Without science, we would not know how our minds work to be creative in the first place.

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