Learning “soft skills” more important than academics in the long run

New research from Duke University, reported in NPR, looks at the long-term benefits of emphasizing “soft skills” in schools in lieu of academic learning.  The research reviewed the results of students who had been enrolled in the Fast Track program, initiated in the early 1990s, focused on pro-social skills and social-emotional development.  Results have shown reduction in delinquency rates for those involved and even broader coping skills which stand them in good stead for later life.

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