Educational fads go in cycles. Right now, for instance, we are replaying much of what went on in the late 1950's after the launch of Sputnik. Then the frenzy was over science education. Now it's over STEM-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These are all, to be sure, important subjects, but both in the 1950's and now, the tendency of the reformers is to overlook the humanities, which is a troubling omission. We need the humanities to help us understand ourselves, each other, and the rest of the world. I like to think that the humanities make us more human (though the etymologies of the words are actually more complicated than that simple scheme indicates).