It’s Never Been More Lucrative to Be a Math-Loving People Person

By Nicole Torres – The return on being good at math has gone up over the last few decades, as has the return on having high social skills (some combination of leadership, communication, and other interpersonal skills).

The trend over time in the earnings premium was strongest among those who were both good at math and engaged in high school sports or leadership activities.

In other words, it pays to be a sociable math whiz, more so today than thirty years ago.

That has ramifications for how we educate children – calling into question schools’ heightened focus on standardized testing, as opposed to a broader view of skills development – as well as for our own careers. more>

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