The Stem Obsession Does a Disservice to Arts and Humanities

  • 2016-03-02
  • Irish Times

There seems to be an obsession that in order to survive the global war on talent our graduates must be herded in ever-greater numbers towards science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

The irony is that neglecting the arts and humanities will put us on a dangerously narrow path for the future.

Five years from now the skills required in the workforce will have changed significantly from those required today.

The World Economic Forum estimates that, due to advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, the top skills required for work success will be creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking.