Gov. Gary Herbert wants Utah schools to emphasize science, technology, engineering and math often referred to as STEM subjects. Proponents of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program want to add an A, for arts, to that acronym.
The Legislature, which cut in half the state's $4 million allocation to the Sorenson program last year, should reinstate those funds and begin increasing the amount, both because the money would be well-spent and because the program sponsors have improved their original idea to match what legislators last year said they wanted.
The arts learning program is unique in that it doesn't take time away from the study of other subjects but instead helps elementary-school children understand language, social studies, math and science better by using music, visual arts, dance and drama to reinforce and enliven the concepts. It's not art merely for art's sake.