Can a young child’s social interactions predict future success in life? Experts say, “Yes.”
In a 2015 study, researchers found that prosocial behaviors such as cooperation and empathy are “significantly and uniquely predictive” of a child’s likelihood to graduate from high school and college, and to maintain stable employment thereafter.
These findings offer compelling evidence that “non-cognitive” skills are a necessary part of a child’s upbringing. However, the question remains…
Why would social behavior be prognostic of academic success, more so than reading, math or any other childhood ability?