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The American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a report in June 2013 that, “invites all stakeholders, public and private alike, to embrace a new commitment to collaboration, and a new sense of mutual obligation to the critical role of the humanities and social sciences for a vibrant democracy.”
The Heart of the Matter is a report intended to advance a dialogue on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of our nation. The report was requested by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Representatives Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin) and David Price
A similar report Rising Above the Gathering Storm (2007), was instrumental in the growth of STEM programs in schools (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
The Heart of the Matter identifies three overarching goals: 1) to educate Americans in the knowledge, skills, and understanding they will need to thrive in a twenty-first-century democracy; 2) to foster a society that is innovative, competitive, and strong; and 3) to equip the nation for leadership in an interconnected world. These goals cannot be achieved by science alone.
This report calls on parents, teachers, scholars, the media, and the public at-large to join a cohesive and constructive national discussion of these issues. Many public and private organizations contribute to the vitality of the humanities and social sciences. Each organization has an important role in advancing the recommendations of this report.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences dedicate the report to all Americans—every child, student, young adult, worker, leader, and senior citizen—who look to the humanities and social sciences for the skills, information, and sources of creativity that our founders saw as the basis for a democratic, prosperous, and secure nation
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