I have been hearing and reading a lot lately about the importance of emphasizing math and science in our American classrooms. Many argue that unless our children become more competitive in these two areas, we will fall from the stage as a world superpower as countries like China take over. I agree, math and science are important. However, is America really doomed if we don’t catch up with the rest of the world in the areas of math and science? I say, no way.
While it is absolutely necessary to have great engineers and scientists to design bridges, computers, develop cures for diseases and create the world’s great things, behind every great invention and innovation is a beautiful mind. I recently read about how Steve Jobs dropped out of college and was never really a great engineer or computer scientist, but his creative eye allowed him to produce some of the worlds most amazing things. One of the really simple but neat things that Steve pioneered in the 80′s was different fonts. Soon after Jobs decided to drop out of Reed College, he took a class in calligraphy for fun , he recounts: “If I had never dropped in on that single class in college the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts” (Steve Jobs: The Brilliant Mind Behind Apple, p. 37). It is this kind of ingenuity and artistic thinking that has guided America to where she is today.
After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well. – Albert Einstein