Failure Is Not a Bad Option

Resilience helps kids more than high SATs do

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People have been raising children for about 2 million years now. You'd think the enterprise would have lost its novelty. Yet so much drama surrounds the contemporary act of bringing up offspring, with tiger moms squaring off against free-range parents, that it's a wonder we don't all remain childless merely to avoid wading into the fray.

One of the lodestars that parents have followed through all weather is educational achievement. Children who get good grades tend to do well at university and well at life. There's a huge chasm, for example, between the lifetime earnings of college graduates and high school...

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