You don't find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering, but here's a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts.
Multiple psychologists and writers note a strong association between the personality trait of introversion and creativity.
Science journalist Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing to engage with them is its long association with intellectual and artistic achievement. Neither E = mc2 nor Paradise Lost was dashed off by a party animal.”
In today’s “throwaway world” with the current economic climate, it can be difficult for parents to talk to their children about money. Children often find it hard to understand the value of money: what their toys cost, where money comes from and why they can’t always have everything they want.
A study by the Oregon State University published in 2012 tracked 430 pre-school age children and found evidence that social and behavioural skills, such as paying attention, following directions and completing tasks may be even more important than academic ability.