STEM alone won't breed innovation

There's no doubt in our technology-driven times that we need plenty of graduates who can tackle such subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). But even technology wizards can become more innovative with a solid background in liberal arts.

Consider the late Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple. Jobs attended a calligraphy class at Oregon's Reed College. Decades later, in a 2005 Stanford commencement address, Jobs recalled the course and said, "It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture." Yet none of what he learned "had even a hope of any practical application in my life."Even so, when Jobs was creating the first Mac a decade after that calligraphy class, he remembered the lessons of that class and applied them. "If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts," Jobs recounted. "Since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them."

Part of technology, sure, is the nuts and bolts, the math and science and engineering involved to create an actual product from an idea. But another component — and this is the part that has made recent decades so exciting — is imagination. We need well-rounded students, not just STEM geniuses. To read more go to: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/02/05/stem-alone-wont-breed-innovation/1894639/
 (USA Today, February 5, 2013)