Creating art or music can bring ample rewards, in the moment and in the student and community’s future. Consider these research-based examples:
Young people who have a passion or identity project – such as making art or dancing – are more likely to graduate from high school – and also more likely to be in college or working – than those without it. These passions serve as a life raft, keeping them out of gangs and off the streets and in school, according to researchers Coming of Age in the Other America research in Baltimore found. Read the first chapter of Coming of Age in the Other America, ‘“Different Privileges That Different People Inherit”: Social Reproduction and the Transition to Adulthood.’ Or this article from The Atlantic gives a quick overview of their findings: Read “Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?” here.
Children in Houston schools who experienced a wide array of arts educational experiences – dance, theater, music, and visual arts – showed gains in academic, social, and emotional outcomes than children who did not have such enrichment. Their standardized writing scores were 13 percent higher, and they showed a higher level of compassion for others and had 3.6 percent fewer disciplinary infractions. Elementary school students also found school more engaging and enjoyable,researchers found. Read more in this Mint blog post.
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