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 about the importance of social emotional skills in today’s economy and society.
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…
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.
Business leaders in Monterey, California, understand that early childhood investments are a critical solution for ensuring their state has a skilled workforce. Professor Heckman explains the importance of the early years—and that skills beget skills.
Ken McNeely, President of AT&T California, explains the importance of social and emotional skills—particularly in the early years of a child's life. Professor Heckman reinforces his message by showing that cognitive skills are important, but character skills are essential.