August 12, 2014How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Written By: Paul Tough
Publisher: Tantor MediaFrom the Press ReleaseBook Description
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.
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 for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.How Children Succeed
introduces us to a new generation of scientists and educators who are radically changing our understanding of how children develop character, how they learn to think, and how they overcome adversity. It tells the personal stories of young people struggling to stay on the right side of the line between success and failure. And it argues for a new way of thinking about how best to steer an individual child-or a whole generation of children-toward a successful future.About the author:
Paul Tough is the author, most recently, of "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character,"
which has been translated into 25 languages and has spent more than a year on the New York Times
hardcover and paperback best-seller lists. His first book, "Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America,"
was published in 2008. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine
, where he has written extensively about education, parenting, poverty, and politics. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker
and on the op-ed page of the New York Times
. He has worked as an editor at the New York Times Magazine
magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public-radio program "This American Life."
He was the founding editor of Open Letters
, an online magazine. He lives with his wife and son in New York.
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