Letter--Don’t forget arts and humanities

As a longtime local resident, voter, and taxpayer, I was delighted to hear the news that a local coalition of South King County school districts --including Highline -- has won full funding in a bid for Race to the Top federal grant money. This is fantastic for Highline students, and other students throughout South King County.

I understand that the money will be used to promote the district’s work in STEM--science, technology, engineering and math education--and I know it will be well and wisely spent.

But I'd also like to take this opportunity to reflect that the arts and humanities, too, are part of the mandated core curriculum and I hope they won't get overlooked in the enthusiasm for all things STEM.

Instruction in arts and history helps young people understand and navigate the differences in cultural perspectives. It also helps students master positive forms of expression and learn how to collaborate.

I urge Superintendent Enfield and the Highline School Board to do their utmost to ensure that students are given equitable access to and sequential instruction in these vital areas as well.

Again, hearty congratulations to all!

Barbara McMichael
Des Moines

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