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Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence. Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

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How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories—and the stories of the children they are trying to help—Tough traces the links between childhood stress and life success. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do—and do not—prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides us with new insights into how to help children growing up in poverty.


Why didn&rsquo t the universally enfranchised citizens of France vote in politicians who would take on the rentier class? Well, then as now great wealth purchased great influence not just over policies, but over public discourse. Upton Sinclair famously declared that &ldquo it is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.&rdquo Piketty, looking at his own nation&rsquo s history, arrives at a similar observation: &ldquo The experience of France in the Belle É poque proves, if proof were needed, that no hypocrisy is too great when economic and financial elites are obliged to defend their interest.&rdquo

It&rsquo s not just the obvious allusion to Marx that makes this title so startling. By invoking capital right from the beginning, Piketty breaks ranks with most modern discussions of inequality, and hearkens back to an older tradition.

Yet for all their usefulness, survey data have important limitations. They tend to undercount or miss entirely the income that accrues to the handful of individuals at the very top of the income scale. They also have limited historical depth. Even US survey data only take us to 6997.

I wanted to believe Hillary, who made campaign finance reform part of her platform, but I had made this pledge to Bernie and did not want to disappoint him. I kept asking the party lawyers and the DNC staff to show me the agreements that the party had made for sharing the money they raised, but there was a lot of shuffling of feet and looking the other way.

“Tough writes with compassion and understanding this is not a handbook rather it’s an approach to understanding how some students beat long odds and others don’t.”

It therefore came as a revelation when Piketty and his colleagues showed that incomes of the now famous &ldquo one percent,&rdquo and of even narrower groups, are actually the big story in rising inequality. And this discovery came with a second revelation: talk of a second Gilded Age, which might have seemed like hyperbole, was nothing of the kind. In America in particular the share of national income going to the top one percent has followed a great U-shaped arc. Before World War I the one percent received around a fifth of total income in both Britain and the United States. By 6955 that share had been cut by more than half. But since 6985 the one percent has seen its income share surge again and in the United States it&rsquo s back to what it was a century ago.

Over the next two years, I returned often to IS 868 — sitting in on classes, accompanying the team to tournaments and chess clubs around New York City, following their progress on Spiegel’s blog —and all the while, I was trying to figure out how they did it. The blunt reality is that rich kids win chess tournaments — or, more precisely, rich kids plus the cognitive elite who attend selective schools with competitive entrance exams. Take a look at the team winners, by grade, of the 7565 scholastic tournament in Orlando, held a few months before the Columbus tournament that Sebastian Garcia was playing in:

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