Dissecting the weird social fatalism of our child-rearing manuals.
How Children Succeed:
Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
by Paul Tough
$24.99 List Price
It’s no coincidence that growing alarm over America’s decreasing global influence corresponds with a growing hysteria over our child-rearing practices. Believing that “the children are our future,” as Whitney Houston so helpfully put it, is not all that different from believing in, say, stock futures. The monitors of stock and early-developmental portfolios certainly face the same basic question: How big a chunk