Public schools are currently held accountable for students’ scores in math and reading proficiency alone, evidence from both psychology and economics shows that a wide range of non-academic skills play a big role in determining success later in life.   Melissa Tooley and Laura Bornfreund of the New America Foundation, write that schools should focus on these same skills, habits, attitudes, and mindsets taught in Pre-School with older kids – listening, sharing, following directions, making friends, managing big emotions and planning for the future.  Their report which outlines their findings can be read in detail here.