A detailed and data-rich 80-slide presentation on the need to invest in early childhood education for disadvantaged children and the value it produces in economic returns. This presentation is helpful when introducing the Heckman Equation to those who want to see the data behind the Professor Heckman’s findings.
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.
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…