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I know, I know … many of you might have rolled your eyes at that headline. But, as silly as it sounds, a recent blog from The Wall Street Journal may give the idea some legs.
According to this post written last week, research says that youngsters who attend preschool end up performing better at their jobs as adults.
Kids without the early boost of preschool — finger-painting, cup-stacking and learning to share — have been “shown to be more likely to get special-needs services, be held back a grade or two, get in trouble with the law and become teen parents,” the blog post said.
“Those who go to preschool will go on to university, will have a graduate education, and their income level will radically improve,” Dr. Celia Ayala, chief executive officer of Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit that funds 325 schools in Los Angeles County, Calif., told the Journal.
So, does attending preschool tell us if an individual is going to be capable of on-boarding into a new job role? Probably not. But, at least according to what Ayala and others cited in the blog are suggesting, without preschool the individual would likely never have been given the job offer in the first place.
Just some food for thought. What’s your take?
Frank Kalman is an associate editor of Talent Management magazine. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he earned his master’s of science degree in Dec. 2010. He is also a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, earning a degree in American history in May 2009. Prior to joining MediaTec, Frank served as an editorial intern for Crain’s Chicago Business, covering commercial and residential real estate for Crain’s real estate spinoff, ChicagoRealEstateDaily. He also covered public finance and commercial banking while a reporter at Medill. Frank can be reached at fkalman@TalentMGT.com.