Humanities, social sciences critical to our future

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Once again, in our contentious Congress, the sideshow is upstaging the circus. While our representatives are busy defining what kind of political science research the National Science Foundation is allowed to fund, they are overlooking the big picture — that the humanities and social sciences, not just the physical and life sciences, are also vital to the future of this country.

Can there really be any serious disagreement that strong skills in English language arts and mathematics, as outlined in the "Common Core" standards that have been adopted by 45 states for their K-12 programs, are a powerful starting point for preparing students for college, careers and effective citizenship?

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