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

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

by Paul Tough

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 4, 2012 | Hardcover

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"Drop the flashcards-grit, character, and curiosity matter even more than cognitive skills. A persuasive wake-up call."-People

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. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

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 reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people''s lives. 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 improve the lives of children growing up in poverty. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers, it will also change our understanding of childhood itself.

"Illuminates the extremes of American childhood: for rich kids, a safety net drawn so tight it''s a harness; for poor kids, almost nothing to break their fall."-New York Times

"I learned so much reading this book and I came away full of hope about how we can make life better for all kinds of kids."-Slate

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.35 in

Published: September 4, 2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547564651

ISBN - 13: 9780547564654

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

by Paul Tough

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.35 in

Published: September 4, 2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547564651

ISBN - 13: 9780547564654

About the Book

A foremost "New Yorker" and "New York Times" journalist 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
1. How to Fail (And How Not to) 1
2. How to Build Character 49
3. How to Think 105
4. How to Succeed 48
5. A Better Path 176
Acknowledgments 199
Notes on Sources 203
Index 223

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"Drop the flashcards-grit, character, and curiosity matter even more than cognitive skills. A persuasive wake-up call."-People

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. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

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 reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people''s lives. 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 improve the lives of children growing up in poverty. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers, it will also change our understanding of childhood itself.

"Illuminates the extremes of American childhood: for rich kids, a safety net drawn so tight it''s a harness; for poor kids, almost nothing to break their fall."-New York Times

"I learned so much reading this book and I came away full of hope about how we can make life better for all kinds of kids."-Slate

About the Author

PAUL TOUGH is an editor at the New York Times Magazine and one of America''s foremost writers on poverty, education, and the achievement gap. His reporting on Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children''s Zone originally appeared as a Times Magazine cover story. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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"Drop the flashcards - grit, character, and curiosity matter even more than cognitive skills. A persuasive wake-up call." - People Magazine "In this absorbing and important book, Tough explains why American children from both ends of the socioeconomic spectrum are missing out on these essential experiences. . The book illuminates the extremes of American childhood: for rich kids, a safety net drawn so tight it''s a harness; for poor kids, almost nothing to break their fall." -Annie Murphy Paul,? The New York Times Book Review "An engaging book that casts the school reform debate in a provocative new light. . [Tough] introduces us to a wide-ranging cast of characters - economists, psychologists, and neuroscientists among them - whose work yields a compelling new picture of the intersection of poverty and education." -Thomas Toch,? The Washington Monthly "Mr. Tough''s new book,?How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character, combines compelling findings in brain research with his own first-hand observations on the front lines of school reform. He argues that the qualities that matter most to children''s success have more to do with character - and that parents and schools can play a powerful role in nurturing the character traits that foster success. His book is an inspiration. It has made me less of a determinist, and more of an optimist." -Margaret Wente,? The Globe and Mail " How Children Succeed ?is a must-read for all educators. It''s a fascinating
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