With declining U.S. student math scores, our schools would be wise to adopt a new formula that is sure to paint a prettier picture for the country’s STEM rankings. Combining math and art classes may in fact draw better math performance for American youth, starting as early as elementary school.

Here are eight reasons why schools would benefit from merging math and art classes.

1. Improved comprehension. Both science and art are about converting the invisible to the visible, so they’re a natural fit. Taking numbers off of paper and onto something students can touch and feel makes math significantly more relatable...

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  • About the Author:

    John De Pillis is a math professor at University of California, Riverside; author of bestseller 777 Mathematical Conversation Starters, and a commercial artist and illustrator for math publications produced by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), including its news journal, SIAM News.