Make us your home page


Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Is Florida pushing too much science and math?



Florida government leaders lately have made a big deal of emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, to the point of suggesting that universities should charge lower tuition for students gaining degrees in those areas than in the humanities.

The headmaster of a Gainesville private school told his students this week that they shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the liberal arts.

"Young people, all of you need an education that is broad and deep," Richard Gehman told the students during an assembly, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Gehman likened the increased focus on STEM education to other experiments such as schools without walls and whole language.

"We need discerning minds," he said. "Discerning minds and creative spirits that in their daily lives blend science and Springsteen."

Your thoughts?

[Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 12:20pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours