A researcher at the College of William and Mary found creativity has decreased among American children in recent years. Since 1990, children have become less able to produce unique and unusual ideas. They are also less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas.
Creativity fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, and new ways of thinking and problem-solving.
A student involved in the arts is 4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, 4x more likely to participate in a math or science fair, 3x more likely to win an award for school attendance, and 3x more likely to be elected to class office.