Britain *only* funding STEM?

October 21, 2010 at 11:42 am 3 comments

STEM learning and teaching is really important.  But only funding that seems a bit much.

Government funding for higher education in Britain is to be cut by 40 percent over four years, suggesting that public funding for teaching in the arts, humanities and social sciences may come to an end.

The Comprehensive Spending Review unveiled Wednesday includes a reduction in the higher education budget of £2.9 billion – from £7.1 billion to £4.2 billion – by 2014-5.

The Treasury says in a statement that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which oversees higher education, will “continue to fund teaching for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.”

However, no mention is made of other subjects.

via News: Massive Cut in Britain – Inside Higher Ed.

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  • 1. Alan Kay  |  October 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Do they really understand anything about STEM? That they are arts also, and that they have to be approached this way to get above relatively mindless “application brick laying”?

    When we started the 7 year LA Open School project the first thing we did with our Apple money was to restore the art and music programs that Prop 13 had just done away with ….

    I think this is a track the US is on also …

    Cheers,

    Alan

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    • 2. Bonnie MacKellar  |  October 22, 2010 at 7:59 am

      I have kids in the K12 school system right now. I would not say that the US is on a fund-STEM-only track. Instead, we are on a fund-testable-items-only track. My kids, who are in 5th and 3rd grade, mainly get instruction in reading, with some time also spent on math. Art and music are relegated to 30 minutes “specials” once a week, and not integrated with anything else. Science is confined to special units that crop up on occasion, usually tied with a field trip to the aquarium. You wouldn’t even want to know what passes for “computing” in our school. And, we are in a well funded district. The students I teach at my university have had far less.

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  • 3. Reviewing the Spending Review | Quantum Tunnel  |  October 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm

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