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

ISBN-10: 0547564651
ISBN-13: 9780547564654
Edition: 2012
Authors: Paul Tough
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Description: What if, for decades, we've emphasized the wrong skills and used the wrong strategies to move children toward success in school and in life? Sure, intelligence matters, Paul Tough writes, but it is just one part of the success  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.27" wide x 9.17" long x 1.06" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

What if, for decades, we've emphasized the wrong skills and used the wrong strategies to move children toward success in school and in life? Sure, intelligence matters, Paul Tough writes, but it is just one part of the success equation. Tough introduces readers to the psychologists, neuroscientists, and economists who are solving the mysteries of character, exploring traits like perseverance, optimism, grit, curiosity, and conscientiousness.  How do these traits develop? And why they are such powerful predictors of success?Through the engrossing, inspiring stories of children, parents, teachers, and mentors, Tough investigates questions at the heart of the success equation:  How do you turn a D student into a national chess champion? How are affluent parents preventing their children from developing grit? What simple message helps girls improve their math scores by 10 percentage points? And why does the U.S. produce more college dropouts than any other country?This rich and provocative dispatch will not only vitally engage readers, it will change our understanding of childhood itself.

Paul Tough is a contributing writer to New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about education, parenting, poverty, and politics, including cover stories on character education, the achievement gap, the post-Katrina school system in New Orleans, the 'No Child Left Behind' policy and charter schools. He has also been a contributor to This American Life, as part of which he reported on the Harlem Children Zone's 'Baby College', an 8-week program where young parents learn how to help their children become successful. His book about the Harlem's Children Zone is called Whatever It Takes. He lives in New York with his wife and his young son.

Introduction
How to Fail (And How Not To)
How to Build Character
How to Think
How to Succeed
A Better Path
Acknowledgments
Notes on Sources
Index

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