The Hard Facts Behind Soft Skills Watch Video

Professor Heckman makes it clear that so-called soft skills drive academic and life success. He discusses the benefits of social and emotional skills and argues against determining an individual’s success solely on cognitive skills or IQ, stating that social and emotional skills drive a wide range of positive life outcomes.

Why Early Investment Matters Watch Video

At the height of the Great Recession, this video from Professor Heckman illustrates his idea that investing in early childhood development was a smart way to create a stronger economy. Heckman notes that politicians who want to invest in infrastructure as a way to boost the economy would find far greater returns from investing in people…

Early Childhood Education Has a High Rate of Return Watch Video

A video excerpt of a 2010 speech Professor Heckman gave to business leaders and policymakers in Chicago. He states that quality early childhood education programs for disadvantaged children have high rates of return and warrant public investment. His presentation is followed by testimonials from business leaders and policymakers who talk about the value they see…

Cognitive Skills Are Not Enough Watch Video

This video captures a 2010 presentation Professor Heckman made in Chicago to business leaders and policymakers. Professor Heckman argues that developing early social and emotional skills is critical for creating a productive adult—countering the argument that cognitive skills matter most. An excerpt of his speech is followed by testimonials from business leaders and local policymakers…