The inclusion of the dialogue between Harvey White and Sen. Stan Rosenberg at the recent Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego is a great addition to this edition of the bi-annual Arts Education Blog Salon.
As a San Diegan who has participated in meetings with White and others around the STEM to STEAM issue, I’ve often been frustrated by a lot of talk that has little to do with what can actually be done to move the needle on innovative workforce development.
We’ve had full discussions about changing curriculum and the education system, but never invited a school superintendent let alone an administrator to the meeting. I’ve heard people pass the buck and say, “Well I just come up with these ideas, and you guys need to figure out how to implement them.”
What I liked in their tete-a-tete was the businessman who cares about the issue and knows what will move other business folks to action, talking to the political official who cares about the issue and can move decisionmakers to action trying to come up with a solution together.
I think the idea of examining investments in workforce development as an issue of incentivizing the business community makes complete sense.
To say, a change in the way we report the investment in people the way we report the investment in equipment could mean the difference between talking about building a better workforce and actually creating one, is just the kind of discussion I think we need all across the public and private sectors.
Kudos to Senator Rosenberg and Mr. White for hashing out the issue and coming together in a collaborative spirit.
Now, I challenge you both to use the influence you have as leaders of your respective fields to make it so!
As the chair of the San Diego Alliance for Arts Education, I’d like to hear from you how we can help.