This post is not a plea to add social studies to list of STEM disciplines. “SSSTEM” does not roll off the tongue politely in conversation. “STEMSS” is not a memorable acronym, either. I also worry that if we add too many more disciplines to STEM, we’re just going to end up with a clunky acronym for the traditional 8-10 course school day.
Instead, this post is a thought that social studies education is the original STEM initiative.
Consider this definition of STEM: