In a recent study we found that a child's ability to pay attention, focus, and persist on a task at age four increased the odds of completing college by age 25 by nearly 50 per cent. This is compelling evidence that social and behavioural skills, such as paying attention, following directions and completing a task, may be even more crucial to attaining a degree than academic abilities.
Child Development Expert
Megan McClelland is an international expert on child development and a core director at Oregon State University’s Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more