On the Performing Arts:
"While many parents fear participation in drama will damage their child’s academic progress, a UCLA study concluded that students involved in the arts tend to have higher academic performance and better standardized test scores -- nearly 100 points better on the SAT, according to a separate study by The College Board." Education.com
"The future of our nation depends on our ability to create-and to be creative. During the coming decades our most important national resources will be human resources. If our nation is to continue to meet the challenges of the future, today's schools need to develop creative leaders." ~ Performing together: The Arts and Education, jointly published by The American Association of School Administrators, The Alliance for Education and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1985.
On Creative Writing:
"And where will we be as a nation if we graduate a generation of young
people who can write an academic paper on the Civil War but have no
power to convey the human experience? If Frederick Douglass had stopped
writing his narrative on slavery
because he felt he could not be at once a lucid communicator and an expressive, emotional being, where would this world be? ~Rebecca Segall, "A Passionate, Unapologetic Plea for Creative Writing In Schools". The Atlantic
Promotes active learning: Deliberation depends
upon the consistent participation of students in classroom discussions.
As such, it is an alternative to, or supplement to, lecture-style
teaching. The incorporation of student voices through deliberation
provides an exciting opportunity for students to involve themselves in
their own education.
Enhances communication and listening skills:
Deliberation is an inherently communicative exercise, as opinions based
on knowledge are shared with group members. Students must develop the
ability to express their own opinions to other group members while
remaining sensitive to others’ experiences to form collective judgment." On learning
"Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I will remember.
Involve me and I will understand."