Why Creative Writing in Schools?
We think what we do is pretty important. Here’s why:
- Arts education is dwindling. Our program currently represents the only after-school arts opportunity for Hart students. The school does not have an art teacher. More and more focus is being placed on high-stakes testing at the expense of creative programs.
- Arts education is essential. Our literary arts curriculum develops the skills necessary to thrive in a technological world – creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication and collaboration. These skills are all the more vital for at-risk students such as ours.
- Creative writing improves behavior and academic performance. Over ten years we have seen that our students miss less school, get in trouble less often, and work harder in class. Our program gives kids an outlet for negative emotions and the motivation to succeed.
- We create a safe, nurturing, enthusiastic community. In an underserved community with high levels of poverty and violence, the Writing Club provides an alternative to the streets. Our program is completely free and requires no registration. We welcome all students who wish to attend.
Wondering why creativity is important for children? Watch this talk by cultural leader Sir Ken Robinson.
“Now, I don’t mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. What we do know is, if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
Want some cold hard facts? Check out the President’s Commission on Arts and Humanities report on Reinvesting in Arts Education.
“Most strikingly, arts-engaged low-income students are more likely than their non-arts-engaged peers to have attended and done well in college, obtained employment with a future, volunteered in their communities and participated in the political process by voting.”