UK organisations the Cultural Learning Alliance and NESTA have added to the STEM to STEAM debate with a briefing paper entitled ‘STEAM: Why STEM can only take us so far’ that argues for a cross disciplinary approach to education to meet the demands of industry and sustainability for future employment.
NESTA’s Executive Director of Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Hasan Bakhshi, states:
"All the statistics show that the creative economy. . . is one of the fastest growing parts of the UK workforce. Consistent with this, we know that businesses that combine art and science skills – a hallmark of creativity – show higher sales growth. This has an important implication for policy: namely, it must not disincentivise young people from pursuing a broad-based education."
The briefing paper is available at: https://culturallearningalliance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/CD405-CLA-STEAM-Briefing-Teachers-Notes-08.pdf