Preschool is Best Job Training Says Nobel Economist
When Nobel-winning economist James Heckman studied the effects of job training, he found a curious thing. The job training most effective in getting people jobs is something they learned (or not!) in preschool!
This is what children do in preschool, “They play, they paint, they build with blocks, and they nap.”
This is what it teaches them, “how to resolve conflicts, how to share, how to negotiate, how to talk things out. These are skills that they need to make it through a day of preschool now. And they are skills they will need to make it through a day of work when they’re 30.” These are the soft skills that turn out to be of paramount importance in getting and keeping a job and, as it turns out, you don’t get them in college, high school or even elementary school. The crucial time period to acquire these skills turns out to be in preschool!
“If they learn these skills now, they’ll have them for the rest of their lives. But research shows that if they don’t learn them now, it becomes harder and harder as they get older. By the time the time they’re in a job training program in their twenties, it’s often too late.” NPR
I find this research mind-blowing. What do you think? I mean, it makes sense to me, but what about the children who can’t afford preschool?