According to Danielle Allen, profession of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, “We need all those classes in the STEM fields… and as a nation we must do a better job of preparing our young people in these fields. But we don’t need to become a nation of technocrats.”*
At Entelechy Education, LLC, we couldn’t agree more! Our line of books incorporates STEM education with character education and literacy lessons to create the complete package for lower elementary children. STEM topics prepare children to succeed in a technological, scientific 21st century. Character education prepares them to be responsible citizens. And literacy lessons prepare them to read and write so their intentions are clearly communicated to others.
The world is a complex place, filled with human relationships and technology advances, in addition to a myriad of written and spoken messages. The EnteleTrons™ combine this complexity into a fun, easily-understood platform where the characters interact with respect while solving a STEM mystery. The adventures that the EnteleTrons™ discover help children to see that work can be fun, rather than seeing fun as an escape from work.
By creating a strong foundation of STEM intelligence meshed with character education and literacy, we see children competing for 21st century occupations in a technically strong, cooperative manner. We envision them using the skills they learned in the lower elementary grades as they mature into responsible citizens. And we see those same children having fun, enjoying their path to success.
It’s time to revise STEM, STEAM (including art), and STREAM (including art and wRiting) to include the STEM-C promoted by Entelechy Education, LLC where character education joins academic education to produce a child capable of surviving both academically and emotionally in that very complex world.
* Allen, Danielle. "The humanities are just as important as STEM classes." The Washington Post opinions, February 14, 2013. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-humanities-are-just-as-important-as-stem-classes/2013/02/14/dea1889c-761e-11e2-aa12-e6cf1d31106b_story.html