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In Memoriam: Gary Becker 1930-2014

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Gary S. Becker

A conference, organized by James J. Heckman, Kevin Murphy (The University of Chicago), and Edward P. Lazear (Stanford University Graduate School of Business) was held at the University on October 30-31, 2014.

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GED Book Talk "The Myth of Achievement Tests: The GED and the Role of Character in American Life"

The University of Chicago Press and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore are pleased to present a book talk by James J. Heckman about his recent publication, The Myth of Achievement Tests: The GED and the Role of Character in American Life.

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How Can Schools Fix the "Mania" of Achievement Testing?

This interview from Chicago Magazine highlights Professor Heckman's recently published book, The Myth of Achievement Tests: The GED and the Role of Character in American Life. Below is an excerpt of the interview:

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Quality Early Childhood Programs May Substantially Improve Adult Health

Disadvantaged children who attend programs that include health and nutrition have significantly improved health as adults, make healthier lifestyle choices, and experience fewer illnesses as adults. In an article published today in Science, Professor Heckman and his coauthors build upon existing evidence that high-quality early childhood programs produce better economic and social outcomes for disadvantaged children.

According to Professor Heckman,

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Professor James Heckman Ranked 71st Most Powerful Chicagoan 2014

In Chicago Magazine's list of 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans 2014, Professor James Heckman was ranked 71st! The article noted that:

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Second-Chance Diploma: Examining the GED (American RadioWorks)

The General Educational Development test (GED) is a second chance for millions of people who didn't finish high school. Each year, more than 700,000 people take the GED test. People who pass it are supposed to possess a level of education and skills equivalent to those of a high school graduate. Most test-takers hope the GED will lead to a better job or more education. But critics say the GED encourages some students to drop out of school, and research shows that the credential is of little value to most people who certify.

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