A friend just shared with me a very disturbing Newsweek article, "Creativity in Crisis." For years, researchers have been studying and measuring, in quantifiable ways, creativity in children and adults. (They actually call it measuring your CQ as opposed to IQ.) Apparently, creativity scores are a better indicator than IQ scores for future success -- something that should make everyone in academia sit up and listen. For years, the CQ scores of each generation has been higher than the previous. The disturbing news is that, according to a study done at William & Mary, for the first time EVER scores for American children have gone down.
It's a long article but worth a read over a cup of coffee or tea.
I say: Let them build puppets! And puppet shows!