The Humanities Keep Us Human

As a research administrator, I am constantly faced with the grim reality that most federal funding goes toward STEM projects. Now, I understand that many STEM projects are expensive and STEM faculty are under significant pressure to secure funding. Nevertheless, I know of many exciting humanities projects that could make a big difference in the world, that are struggling to find funding, since organizations like the NEH are so overlooked and under-funded. Please enjoy this terrific post from Zillain on Education, who gives this important topic a thoughtful and thorough look.

Zilian on Education

(This essay was originally published abridged in print as “Remember that the Humanities Keep Us Human,” by Education Week, January 7, 2015.)

President Obama’s recent announcement of an additional $28 million to bolster STEM teachers is great news and reminds me of my passion for science during those heady days of the Kennedy “Camelot” when the president announced the goal of reaching the moon. In a speech before a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, he said: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project…will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important…and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”

During those days, the Cold War—the state of tension between the U.S. and the Soviet…

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