The things known to work in helping kids get ahead in school need our investment and attention. Strategies such as strong pre-kindergarten offerings and student supports that look at the whole child so that children can succeed academically are key in ensuring success for tomorrow’s Texas.
Giving all children the opportunity to succeed, with tools to become productive, contributing members of society, is a goal that’s both worthy and attainable. A growing body of research shows how education and soft skill-development in children occurs in concert: kids learn the most when they develop cognitive and social-emotional skills in an integrated way in classrooms. Starting from very early in life into the years when we focus most on preventing high school students from dropping out, Texas’ approach to education can stay relevant for the times we live in by helping kids develop all the tools they need for later success.