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ERIC Number: EJ1128831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Teaching Significance: Keeping the Humanities Alive in a STEM-Bending World
Donovan, Jill
Independent School, v76 n2 Win 2017
The natural world and the scientific and mathematical tools we use to explore, measure, and understand it should fill us with awe and wonder, and light all kinds of inspirational fires in us. On a planet so desperately in need of scientific breakthroughs, engineering innovations, and newborn technologies, we should be thrilled by the excitement in and around the STEM disciplines. However, if a bending toward STEM means a diminishment of, or an abandonment of the humanities--of philosophy, religion, literature, language, history, social studies, music, and the arts--then we will have done the equivalent of exchanging the heat and warmth and deliriously life-giving power of our sun for a very static, and very precise, and ultimately profoundly meaningless measurement of a nearby dwarf star. In this article, Jill Donovan, an English teacher at John Burroughs School in Missouri, discusses the importance of teaching the humanities to students. She shares several interactions that helped shape her teaching, advising, grading, and conferencing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
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