It has some good anecdotes and supporting tales, but I was expecting more guidance as a parent. Look for it to be entertaining and well written with relevant stories, but not as a parental guide on "How Children Succeed". Also, it was read fairly slowly - this was the first audiobook I listened to at 1 and 1/2 speed for the book's entirety. Performance was fine, just slower than I wanted.
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.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
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.
Book nerd for life!
Best - focusing on what people can do in regards to teaching character development in schools
Least - don't go off on tangents. Are we focusing on character development, or poverty?
The case studies were good but what can we learn from them? Seemed more like storytelling.
Stop. Mimicking. Characters. He would use a different voice for the students he talked about which was extremely distracting.
I wouldn't mind a documentary version of this because of how many different stories there were.
Overall a bit disappointed in the book. I suggest getting the 30 minute summary
Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.
I enjoyed this book and I agree with most points. I have 5 kids and have my own ideas. I enjoyed the book in this way, as long as we all try harder for the sake of our children things will improve for the future of the human race. We do need more attention on our children and that seems to be the spirit of this book. I say invest that credit and pay attention.
I will be requesting a refund for this audio book. Each time the male narrator quoted an African American female he raised his voice in a high-pitched voice and tried to fake an African American "accent." This was quite distracting, and even offensive, especially when he would not change his voice when quoting a presumably non-African American female. (Either way, please don't try to put on a high-pitched voice when quoting a female, regardless of race; it sounds quite ridiculous.) All he has to do is say that he is quoting an African American female. He does not need to use a fake voice. It's too bad, because there was quite a bit of substance that was interesting. I may decide to purchase the written version instead.
In the style of Malcolm Gladwell and proposing some interesting ways to see the topic of children success in life, Paul Tough, with his own story of dropping out of colllege, makes a compelling case to address the need to help children in a situation of disadvantage make it through abd succeed.
The book dwells on years of research around methods used to improve performance in schools to prepare kids for college. If you are a policy maker for school curriculum this is your book. If you are a parent it will be difficult to extract specific things you can do for your kids to give them the best chance to be successful.