A play for the ‘A’

It’s said, during the height of World War II, Winston Churchill proposed a budget to Parliament that included a sizable amount of money devoted to the arts, about which he was immediately challenged.
“Mr. Churchill,” he was questioned, “do we need to remind you we are a nation at war?”
“Gentleman,” he responded, “what do you think we are fighting for?”
I think of this every time I hear the acronym STEM applied to education. The implication that the only subjects of importance are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Drawing from Mr. Churchill, surely the arts should have their place, and STEM should be STEAM.

Ed Ackerman