Aggressive, restless, hard-to-handle students do worse in school, but earn significantly more as adults, concludes a study that followed Britons from age 11, when they were rated by their teachers, into their 50s. However, aggression didn’t pay for children raised in poverty, notes Nicholas Papageorge. Patterns were similar for men and women.
In the U.S., aggressive black children appear to do much worse than similar whites, he writes on Brookings’ Chalkboard. “We suspect that part of this is due to higher rates of interaction with the criminal justice system.”
The April Fool’s Gladfly was way ahead, reporting on new research showing “the planet’s richest and most powerful denizens demonstrate . . . arrogance, zealotry, self-promotion, narcissism, and an unwavering willingness to run roughshod over others.”
“Grit and perseverance are still valuable noncognitive skills,” concedes researcher Angela Duckworth. “But only for minions, lackeys, and members of one’s entourage.”