Character Matters Watch Video
Research Summary: Perry Preschool and Character Skill Development View Summary
This two-page research summary provides proof that social and emotional development in early childhood development drives better education, health, social and economic outcomes. Heckman highlights the influence that character skills have on school, career and life success, and provides guidance for how advocates and policymakers can use the research to promote effective social and economic change.…
Lacking Character, American Education Fails the Test View Summary
In this three-page brief, Professor Heckman argues that what we value and measure in American education doesn’t measure up to the true drivers of human and social success. Character skills often matter more than cognitive skills and calls for educating the whole child, from early learning through young adulthood. For decades, there has been a…
Fostering and Measuring Skills: Interventions that Improve Character and Cognition View Academic Paper
A National Bureau of Economic Research working paper written by Professor Heckman and Tim Kautz on interventions that improve character and cognitive skills.