Professor James Heckman was invited to speak at the White House Summit on December 10, 2014. Full text from the speech can be found on the Heckman Equation Website.
Using research findings to support his statements, Heckman outlines what it means to invest in early education. Specifically, that it is not always about providing finances to struggling families, but providing families with the much needed resources that foster enriching home environments and quality parent-child interactions.
Additionally, he addresses the need to invest in early education, positing that early education should not only focus on standards of the rigorous Achievement and IQ tests, but move towards the development of foundational skills such as impulse control and self-awareness. Research supports that development of these socio-emotional skill sets may lead to lifelong successes in many important areas of life (academics, employment, lifestyle, etc.,).
“The investments we make today in disadvantaged young children promote social mobility, create opportunity and foster a vibrant, healthy and inclusive society and economy.”
– Professor James Heckman –