Two new long-term studies were reported today and both focus on the importance of quality pre-school or kindergarten for students. Both found that the later standardized test scores did not predict the quality of their lives (at least, the economic quality) as adults. And both attributed the success the participants had as adults to other qualities they learned in school — “patience, discipline, manners, perseverance.”

You can read about them in these two articles:

The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers, The New York Times. (And here’s a link to the research discussed in the article).

How Preschool Changes the Brain, Wired