Blog: SEL, Whole Child Education and Student Readiness - How do They Connect?

Imagine this scenario.  A smiling five-year-old is brought into a bare room with a table.  On the table is a plate with a single marshmallow.  The researcher who brought them in says she will back in 15 minutes, and gives them a choice: they can eat the one marshmallow while she’s gone or wait until she returns and have two.  This simple test turned out to be an effective measure of willpower or self-control and a strong predictor of future success.  Children who displayed early ability to defer gratification, on average, had higher SAT scores, lower body mass index and a host of other desirable outcomes.

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Publishing Date: 
July 24, 2017