Heart of the Matter: Report Warns against Declining Emphasis on Humanities and Social Sciences | CAA

Senators Lamar Alexander R-TN and Mark Warner D-VA and Representatives Tom Petri R-WI and David Price D-NC came together on Capitol Hill this morning to accept a report, prepared at their request, by the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Today’s release of the report, titled The Heart of the Matter, launches a national conversation about the importance of the humanities and social sciences to America’s future. Presented by the commission’s cochairs—Richard H. Brodhead, president of Duke University, and John Rowe, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Exelon Corporation—the report looks at the vital role of the humanities and social sciences in preparing and sustaining Americans for the responsibility of productive citizenship in the United States and the world.The Heart of the Matter focuses on five areas of concern: K–12 education; two- and four-year colleges; research; cultural institutions and lifelong learning; and international security and competitiveness. It also makes recommendations to achieve three goals:1. Educate Americans in the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to thrive in a twenty-first-century democracy:Invest in the preparation of citizens with a thorough grounding in history, civics, and social studiesIncrease access to online resources, including teaching materials2. Foster an innovative, competitive, and strong society:To ensure the vibrancy of humanities and social-science programs at all levels, philanthropists, states, and the federal government should significantly increase funding designated for these purposesCreate a Humanities Master Teacher Corps to complement the STEM Master Teacher Corps recently proposed by the White House3. Equip the nation for leadership in an interconnected world:Develop a “Culture Corps” that would match interested adults retirees, veterans, artists, library and museum personnel with schools, community centers, and other organizations to transmit humanistic and social-scientific expertise from one generation to the nextExpand education in international affairs and transnational studies

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