How Children Succeed

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Radio Lab – Your Future in a Marshmallow

  • The “Marshmallow Test” is to test will power through delayed gratification
  • The average time of resistance was 7 to 8 minutes
  • children who could wait for the marshmallow statistically; were less “troubled”, scored higher on the SATs and were physically healthier

This American Life

This American Life podcast Back to School

  • According to an economist, it’s more efficient to dropout of high school and get your GED.
  • High school teaches discipline more so than knowledge
  • the GED test scores only test a cognitive skills
  • High school teaches soft skills, social skills, etc.
  • Children raised in impoverished families, tend to handle stress better
  • Stress prevents the learning of non cognitive skills
  • Repeated stress can hurt the ability to learn, because of a loss of focus
  • 1/3 of children in the united states do not have a strong connection to their parents and home (resulting in stress)

Important steps to success

  • Control your impulses
  • Remember that life isn’t easy and it’s okay to make mistakes
  • Find out how to make things work for you
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions

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