Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

Fareed Zakaria wrote an interesting opinion piece in the Washington Post, Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous. This article deeply resonates with a similar philosophy to #Waldorf #education. Teachers are Waldorf schools encourage their students to think differently, and to challenge conventional thought.

Below are two passages from Zakaria’s article that particularly stood out.

http://wapo.st/1H0UoJT

o-nerds-web

 

“Innovation is not simply a technical matter but rather one of understanding how people and societies work, what they need and want. America will not dominate the 21st century by making cheaper computer chips but instead by constantly reimagining how computers and other new technologies interact with human beings.”

“Americans should be careful before they try to mimic Asian educational systems, which are oriented around memorization and test-taking. I went through that kind of system. It has its strengths, but it’s not conducive to thinking, problem solving or creativity. That’s why most Asian countries, from Singapore to South Korea to India, are trying to add features of a liberal education to their systems.”