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.

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…

How to Use Professor Heckman’s Work View Summary

This is a two-page message framework advocates can use to motivate policymakers and other influentials to invest in quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children. This resource can be used as a guide for crafting persuasive talking points to business leaders, policymakers or other potential advocates. The Message: Nobel Memorial Prize Laureate Professor James Heckman…

Heckman Equation Flyer View Summary

This flyer provides the basic argument for investing in early childhood education for disadvantaged children and explains The Heckman Equation: Invest, Develop, Sustain and Gain. 1. Intelligence and social skills are set at an early age—and both are essential for success. Many major economic and social problems in America—crime, teenage pregnancy, high school dropout rates,…