What Skills Do Your Kids Need to Do Well In Life?

by Alison Gwinn
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That’s not exactly the case.

According to a new Pew Research Center poll in which American adults were asked what skills were most needed for children to get ahead in the world, communication and reading came out in the top two positions, followed by math, teamwork, writing, and logic.

Though both genders ranked communication and reading at the top, slightly more women than men (92 percent vs. 88 percent) said that communication skills matter; conversely, 63 percent of men said science skills were important—9 percentage points above what women said.

And college-educated respondents were slightly more likely than high school grads to say communication, writing, logic and science skills were important.

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