Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Preschool math skills predict future success more than behavior

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In an intriguing study released this week, researchers from Northwestern University said that preschool math and reading skills are more important at predicting future academic success compared to behavioral issues and social skills.

This kind of debate has been fought for decades when it comes to proponents of private home schooling compared to public schooling. On one hand, one-on-one interaction can produce superior academic skills. The other produces superior social skills -- but which one is better for the overall future?

This study would seem to suggest that intellectual academics are better indicators to future learning ability rather than social skills or even the display of behavioral problems.

What's your take on this latest research?

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