- critical thinking
- increased social tolerance
- historical empathy
- (my personal favorite) divergent thinking
FOR many education advocates, the arts are a panacea: They supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools. Most of the supporting evidence, though, does little more than establish correlations between exposure to the arts and certain outcomes. Research that demonstrates a causal relationship has been virtually nonexistent.
Here at Capitol Hill we are trying our own small experiment to see if the new art program has a measurable impact on a certain area of learning. I won't say anymore at this point, but if there is a difference in the specific test scores after my targeted projects, I'll be certain to announce it.