Whitney Houston sang, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” And while that song has been the subject of numerous parodies and cut-rate imitations, the words have more power than we realize. Nobel Prize winning economist James Heckman certainly believes children are the future. If you…

Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir, “My Beloved World,” chronicles how a young, impoverished, girl with Type I juvenile diabetes rose to become the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice in history. The odds were stacked against her in almost every way. An alcoholic father who died when she was 8 years old. A disease that would likely kill her…

In recent years, several writers, thinkers and educators have opened the door to new ways of thinking about the paths that lead to success. They collectively avow that non-cognitive skills — those traits like grit, conscientiousness, determination, and persistence — actually do more to elevate someone to success later in life than do cognitive skills….

In school, children learn their 1, 2, 3s and their A, B, Cs. They learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide while also learning how to construct sentences, paragraphs, and a strong thesis statement. These academic, or cognitive skills, are important for success later in life. If students learn all the right knowledge, so the…

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