The best way to improve the American workforce in the 21st century is to invest in early childhood education, to ensure that even the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed along side their more advantaged peers
Early intervention programs enrich adverse family environments. The largest effects of the early intervention programs are on noncognitive traits. Now, what do I mean by that? I mean perseverance, motivation, self-esteem, and hard work.
Self-control, openness, the ability to engage with others, to plan and to persist - these are the attributes that get people in the door and on the job, and lead to productive lives.
Cognitive and character skills work together as dynamic complements; they are inseparable. Skills beget skills. More motivated children learn more. Those who are more informed usually make wiser decisions.
Early investment in the lives of disadvantaged children will help reduce inequality, in both the short and the long run.
We can change who we are. We can improve ourselves in various ways, and we can give ourselves possibilities.
Schooling after the second grade plays only a minor role in creating or reducing gaps.
Schools should look behind classroom doors and determine the factors that contribute to the kinds of interactions between teachers and students that promote student achievement.
Religion gives you a sense of certainty. It makes you feel that you have the right answers to really big questions and that youve grasped the truth.
My family life is a deep source of satisfaction.
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