Putting Education Reform To The Test

Now Playing: This American Life On “Soft Skill” Education

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This American Life host Ira Glass talks about his experience covering education in the September 14th episode.

StateImpact Florida hit the road for Orlando this week, and so we packed a few podcasts for the trip.

We highly recommend a fascinating piece by This American Life that takes a look at the growing body of research about “non-cognitive skills,” such as resilience, tenacity and self-control. Research shows that the stress from living in a low-income home can inhibit brain development — and the development of these soft skills.

The show looks a how these skills are more useful in helping students complete high school or college. And unlike cognitive ability, experts say these skills can be taught and learned.


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