A central issue in today's society is our diminishing ability to communicate with each other. Text messaging starts at an early age. In some instances, technology teaches kids to speak in abbreviations. Responses become standard versions from some extended multiple choice list.
Art and literature help us learn to think and express ourselves, an important aspect in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution. If we have more emphasis on an environment rich in language and free association art (as opposed to coloring inside the lines) beginning in the preschool years, by the time these young students reach college they will still have a hunger for learning as opposed to career training and society will be better served.