This is what is missing in our schools:
In most cases, the day they enter first grade (sometimes earlier), public school kids’ creative and experiential education ends, and worksheets and standardized testing begins. Fortunately, this is NOT the case at EK Powe and DSA (both public), where my kids go to school (in Durham, NC). But I know full well that we are an anomaly in a sea of schools that house American children for the majority of their lives between 5 and 17 years of age.
Education is holistic. You can’t separate the arts from the sciences any more than you can separate the left brain from the right brain.
I want to play an active role in returning Creativity and Fun, not to mention critical thinking skills, to practical elementary education. Please join me by doing whatever you can (including suggesting and volunteering in the classroom for hands-on activities) to support STEM education, particularly in schools that serve low-income families. Kids are smart, but we need to intervene early.
This Is My March for Science.