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3 ways technology can bridge the STEM-Humanities divide

By Meris Stansbury
August 11th, 2016

As STEM becomes increasingly promoted and Liberal Arts defunded, can technology serve as mediator?

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If my English Liberal Arts degree was mocked 10 years ago, you can imagine what students majoring in French Literature must be going through today. In fact, according to the New York Times, even state governors are denying funding for some humanities students.

In fact, according to the same article, “when it comes to dividing the pot of money devoted to higher education, at least 15 states offer some type of bonus or premium for certain high-demand degrees, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.” (To learn more about these high-demand degrees, read: “3 blossoming fields of study with massive potential.”)

But as anyone invested in education knows, focusing on one end of the curricular spectrum is never wise: too much focus on the humanities and there goes scientific progress bolstering the economy; too much focus on STEM and there goes creativity and reasoning bolstering the human species.

So can technology provide the much-needed bridge for cross-curricular harmony; and if so, how?

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