These days I cannot travel too far without hearing or\u00a0reading about the importance of \u00a0S.T.E.M in education. Many argue that S.T.E.M (Science Technology Engineering and Math) provides\u00a0students from\u00a0low-income communities\u00a0the training\u00a0and experience needed to bridge the gap from\u00a0poverty to affluence. I too agree that S.T.E.M has the ability to\u00a0change\u00a0the trajectory\u00a0of \u00a0youths caught up in the cycle of poverty.\u00a0However in low-income communities S.T.E.M is simply a band-aid. \u00a0S.T.E.M is not a panacea, \u00a0nor\u00a0will it ever address all of the socio economic ills. If schools\u00a0introduced\u00a0art into\u00a0S.T.E.M\u00a0and advocated for a \u00a0S.T.E.A.M\u00a0based curriculum (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) than we would begin to see more innovation and the narratives of these\u00a0communities will\u00a0change. Nonetheless,\u00a0many\u00a0promoters of S.T.E.M \u00a0feel that its programs are the best\u00a0way to address\u00a0the economic disparities. So it comes as\u00a0no surprise when looking at the recipients of community grants that the majority of the opportunities\u00a0are\u00a0awarded to S.T.E.M based programs.In my view\u00a0\u00a0S.T.E.M programs\u00a0do not address\u00a0the root cause of economic disparities. The key to tackling these issues is\u00a0architecture but many overlook its importance. Architecture when done right can serve as an artistic gesture that inspires each individual to reach their highest potential. In fact,\u00a0when we look at stellar institutions like the Ron Clark Academy or the Avenues World School we are ultimately studying architecture and its ability to create irresistible learning environments.\u00a0\u00a0Essentially\u00a0Architecture is the silent teacher. Through design\u00a0the\u00a0architectural\u00a0details\u00a0tells a story that educates its community\u00a0on its position in life and ideals about life.\u00a0\u00a0Whether good or bad\u00a0the environmental narrative being told has a profound effect. It enters the subconscious mind \u00a0and becomes a part of the\u00a0internal dialogue that\u00a0shapes ones ideology.\u00a0 Whether the perception\u00a0is good or bad that persons view may become a part of his or her self prophecy. \u00a0This tug of waris known as "Man vs. Nature". In general, when a\u00a0community responds positively to its surroundings it will only be a matter of time before others become a part of that local eco-system. That\u00a0system must include strong business partnerships. When strategic partnerships are in place, businesses start to invest, then schools benefits from that\u00a0tax base. Through the effects of commerce\u00a0we will begin to see more innovative curriculum. On the contrary, some say that there's inner city schools that have defied the odds and performing exceptionally well. However that scenario is an anomaly. \u00a0More importantly, I have yet to\u00a0hear\u00a0of\u00a0a case where a\u00a0community\u00a0known\u00a0for its opulent architecture\u00a0has a cluster of schools ranking in the bottom percentile. In conclusion when it comes to tackling societal ills we have to look at the\u00a0courtship between architecture and commerce. What it boils down to is that a\u00a0great education is a by-product of the surrounding architecture\u00a0and its ability to engage its community to take action. If we continue to make S.T.E.M the focus and ignore\u00a0the financial resources \u00a0needed\u00a0to change the physical\u00a0landscape of low-\u00a0income\u00a0communities\u00a0then we are committing a form of self-genocide.