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Kindergarten Is the Most Important Year of Your Life

The New York Times has a fascinating piece on new research that shows that all you really need to know in life you really do learn in kindergarten.

The study followed 12,000 kindergartners until they were about 30.

The 5-year-olds who did well -- mastering such skills as patience, discipline and perseverance -- could expect to make $1,000 more a year than the children who didn't do as well. They were also more likely to go to college and less likely to become single parents.

Sure, class size makes a difference as does socio-economic status, but not enough to make a big impact.

One variable did, however: teachers. The researchers found that good kindergarten teachers make all the difference. And they argue that their salary should reflect their effectiveness: $320,000 --the increased amount a typical class of successful kindergarteners can expect to make over their less successful peers.