How Children Succeed

  • by Paul Tough
  • Narrated by Dan John Miller
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 that 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. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage listeners; it will also change our understanding of childhood itself.

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What the Critics Say

"Well-written and bursting with ideas, this will be essential [listening] for anyone who cares about childhood in America." (Kirkus)

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pushing grit: teaching character over content

focusing us in on the crucial role character development plays in childhood development, Paul Tough lays out why a lack of emphasis on character building / virtue ethics is actually hurting our kids much much more than any lack of intelligence or inability of teachers to convey content. content is much less important than character. and paul tough shows that good schools are switching their focus.

I only give this book 4 stars, because it assumes getti g through college is the goal. while, I believe that colleges also are even more problematic. but you have to read Tony Wagner for that.

still, Paul Tough realized that when he dropped out of college to go traveling, despite being a good student at a good school, he was helping himself put emphasis on character over content.

in a world of dataplans and wifi and smartphones, and an internet that knows everything, we are only beginning to recognize that we don't need to memorize anymore. skills will matter way more. but Tough emphasis the need to be tough and thay matters too.
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- Michael Shapiro

The Right Formula

It's the second time that I've read this book. And what a difference it takes, because the first time I thought this book was too dark, talking about poor, addicted, minorities. A very hard to change environment, a very hard to succeed in life. Now, I see another angle. It's full of data and it can build the basis for a great life.
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- ANDRÉ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-04-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio