How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 4, 2012 - Education - 288 pages
"A persuasive wake-up call.” ??—?? People

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From the award-winning journalist Paul Tough, a provocative and profound examination of childhood success and character??—??an insightful study that reveals the power to transform young people’s lives.


Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that success has more to do with character??—??skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control. In this groundbreaking study, Tough introduces us to key 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 reveals how character has the power to transform young people’s lives. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers??—??it will also change our understanding of childhood itself.
 

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User Review  - EllsbethB - LibraryThing

I have mixed feelings about this book. Sometimes I though the author was on point and other times I was frustrated with his interpretation of well known research in the education world. This book is ... Read full review

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User Review  - mermaidatheart - LibraryThing

How Children Succeed offers substantial evidence to support the growing school of thought (har har) that certain non-cognitive traits, loosely labeled character, are stronger predictors of life ... Read full review

Contents

1 HOW TO FAIL AND HOW NOT TO
1
2 HOW TO BUILD CHARACTER
49
3 HOW TO THINK
105
4 HOW TO SUCCEED
148
5 A BETTER PATH
176
Back Matter
199
Back Flap
233
Back Cover
234
Spine
235
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PAUL TOUGH is the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He has written extensively about education, child development, and poverty in cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, and in The New Yorker, Slate, GQ, Esquire, and the New York Times.

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