Dr. George Wolfe on the Arts in Education
Over the past 15 years, state lawmakers have placed the emphasis in higher education on what has become known as STEM degrees. STEM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” The problem with this emphasis is that it omits the arts and treats the arts as being of second-class importance.
Educators in states like Pennsylvania have added the arts to STEM programs, in an effort to insist on equal emphasis. They have turned STEM into STEAM, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math.”
Why? Because scientific studies have revealed how studying music and the arts at a young age is important for balanced brain development. In addition, research has shown that Millennials score lower on psychological tests that measure empathy. It is through the arts that we awaken the heart and the empathetic faculties within us.
We must make this change and follow states like Pennsylvania here in Indiana. We much move “full STEAM ahead” to place the visual, performing and literary arts in our schools on equal footing with Science, Technology Engineering and Math.
Dr. George Wolfe on Peace Education
In peace education, we have not one but three definitions of violence. In addition to physical violence, there is also psychological violence, and structural violence. Psychological violence consists of intimidation, emotional hostility, threats, name-calling, bullying, verbal abuse, and offensive rhetoric. Structural violence is any form of oppression or discrimination that disenfranchises a group of people or deprives individuals of their basic needs or denies them equal opportunity.
It is known that physical violence has it roots in bullying, intimidation and oppression. To adequately address and prevent the violence in our cities and schools, we must first bring an end to psychological violence and the violence brought about by economic, political and social structures that leave people feeling disenfranchised with no hope of having access to justice or equal opportunity.
As your Secretary of State, I would institute a program for Hoosier citizens on the U.S. Constitution and Peace Education to strengthen our democracy and encourage community involvement. And I would ask that this program be taught in all our public schools. Peace is not a static state of condition. It is a ongoing unfolding process we have to invest in.
Dr. George Wolfe on LGBTQ+ and the Indiana "Religious Freedom Act"
The “Religious Freedom Act” in Indiana was a great embarrassment for our state as it opened the door for discrimination. We need politicians who will speak up against these injustices and fight for all Hoosiers.
Dr. George Wolfe on Health Care in Indiana
Dr. Wolfe is an advocate for health care initiatives, including expanding Medicare and ultimately bringing Indiana to a Single Payer Health Care System.
Dr. George Wolfe on Gerrymandering
Gerrymandering is a corrupt practice that both major parties, Democrats and Republicans, use to give themselves an unfair advantage on Election Day. We must take redistricting out of the hands of politicians. As Secretary of State, George Wolfe will end gerrymandering by establishing a nonpartisan citizens redistricting commission. Only a Secretary of State from outside the two major parties can get this done.
Dr. George Wolfe on an Indiana Hate Crime Law
Indiana is 1 of only 5 states that does not currently have a Hate Crime Law. As your Secretary of State, Dr. George Wolfe will pressure lawmakers to pass a Hate Crime Law, making Indiana a more welcoming state. This will attract more innovative businesses to Indiana, which in turn, will create more jobs.