"And our ability to design machines that improve our lives depends upon our ability to understand what humans are, where we’ve been, and where we’re headed. That’s the domain of Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Bob Dylan, and Radiohead – whether they come to us through word of mouth, parchment, iPod, or Twitter."
It really isn't STEM vs STEAM, it's STEAM (period)
Kudos to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math people who recognize that (as I like to put it) INFORMATION without WISDOM is fraught with shortcomings.
What if there are only 3 kinds of people?
HUMANOIDS <- HUMAN BEINGS -> HUMANE BEINGS
The short video featuring computer scientist John Seely Brown, is well worth watching and sharing.
Note: John Seely Brown uses the phrase "my original training" rather than "my original education."
What are the connotations of "training" and "education"?
Note: He credits the STEM alone focus as missing a "Nuance... that gets stripped away..."
Note: His conclusion that STEM needs to "bring the humanities much more forward into our thinking."
He ends with a point worth consideration by every humanities educator. We ought not resent the STEM focus for its gigantic piece of the budget pie. (And, I would add that we ought not to just resent the demotion that common core has given to literature).
Note: He challenges those of us who teach the humanities to accept the responsibility for figuring out how to help the our colleagues in the STEM world (and their students) embue nuance into how they see the world.
And,... I think it's an honest and fair challenge that we really ought think about "picking up that gauntlet." It might very prove to be a win-win outcome for our profession and for all of our students.