How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Book - 2012
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Paul Tough reverses three decades of thinking about what creates successful children, solving the mysteries of why some succeed and others fail, and of how to move individual children toward their full potential for success.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547564654
Branch Call Number: Education 372.21 Tou


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Jan 09, 2016

Success in education and in life involves a great deal more than having quality teachers and successfully completing schoolwork. Paul Tough compiles some fascinating research on the -- often invisible -- variables that affect how and how well children learn. From the permanent scar that numerous traumatic experiences in childhood potentially inscribe on our brains for the rest of our lives, to the ways in which challenges and failures build both character and long-term resilience. As a student who skated through K-12 with few challenges or failures and with little effort, only to find myself stumbling in a university setting, Tough's work evoked in me a number of "Aha!" moments, as well as considerations to bear in mind as I raise my own daughter.

Sep 23, 2013

Paul Tough discusses very important research on success. This is both interesting and important to parents of children, as you guide them to strive and succeed in school, sports, hobbies, and ultimately life. I also found it an interesting book to better understand drivers of success in the working world. Tough points out that character traits like perseverance, grit, and curiosity - contribute strongly to career success.

Jun 12, 2013

What a great book. Surprising in the revelations and easy to read. If you have children, this is an important book to read.

LibraryStaff May 14, 2013

Did you know we have this title as an ebook as well?

JCLMELODYK Mar 15, 2013

Yeah!! You do not need to know Algebra :)

Jan 22, 2013

Paul Tough's How Children Succeed challenges the conventional wisdom of educational success being significantly correlated with acquired knowledge and IQ. Character, he argues, is a much better measure even if it's not easily measurable.

I agree with Tough's assertion, and he presents a number of impressive case studies to make his point. A child raised in poverty will have many more obstacles to overcome before successfully reaching adulthood, but we must not discount the character-building worth a difficult upbringing will cause, stressful though it is. There's a value that comes from hardships of this kind, and, if channeled properly, this school-of-hard-knocks is perhaps the greatest teacher.

ksoles Oct 05, 2012

After reading a few reviews of "How Children Succeed," I expected a how-to book for parents and educators including tips on building character. Instead, "New York Times Magazine" editor Paul Tough presents the argument that children's non-cognitive skills like persistence, conscientiousness and grit predict success more accurately than their cognitive ones.

Tough interviewed economists, psychologists and neuroscientists, examined their recent research, and talked to students, teachers and principals before publishing this fascinating overview of a new approach to teaching struggling students. These students may lack cognitive training but Tough shows that policymakers intent on closing the achievement gap between affluent and poor children must go beyond classroom interventions and supplement the parenting resources of disadvantaged Americans. He reveals a stunning correlation between traumatic childhood events and negative adult outcomes, emphasizing the importance of close, nurturing relationships. Finally, Tough cites many examples of failing students who turned things around by acquiring character skills that substituted for the social safety net enjoyed by affluent students.

Well-written and filled with fresh ideas, "How Children Succeed" makes for a thought-provoking read.


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