A Daedalus Special Issue written by Professor Heckman and published in January 2011.
The Essential Growth Strategy: Investing in Early Childhood Education Watch Video
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.
Slide Presentation: The ABCs of Improving Health Outcomes with Early Childhood Development View Presentation
New research from economist James Heckman and colleagues shows that quality early childhood programs that incorporate health and nutrition help prevent chronic disease. Findings reveal substantially better health in the mid-30s with a lower prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as stroke and diabetes. Use this slide presentation to communicate these…