This book starts off very heavy with classifications based on Mr. Tough's research. It can be a little difficult to get through but the story changes and the book is great. Hall finishes this book with a call to action featuring a few different ways that someone can take action to help children succeed. It's inspirational and motivational to say the least.
this book has been well structured and informative
they use many good examples and many good case studies of schools that succeed in nurturing children from early ages on through college.
I highly recommend this for teacher parent and maybe even some students to read if they're going to go to college or in have any kind of a personal growth plan in their life.
This is a book for everyone who was a child, works with children or have at least a child. Character and intelligence are malleable. Although intelligence builds competence, character creates effectiveness.
The reader had a tendency to try on different voices, and they were unconvincing (and a little stereotypical) and just really distracting.
The main reason I did not provide five stars for this book is that it was not very prescriptive. It did not provide me any guidance on what can be done about the data that was presented in the book. What are teachers, parents, and nonprofit organizations able to do to help mitigate The risk of our children failing as well as encourage and help those children who desperately need it. I really enjoyed reading the book, I just wish it was a little bit more prescriptive about what we can do to help.
Many important and political issues raised, yet no solution for everyday parenting.
Interesting stories of different people fro al walks of life, but, again, too circumstantial and without practical application to a parent.
Overall, felt like the author was exploiting well-known issues and doing a meta analysis of someone else's research.
The narrator fancy's himself an actor. This is not a dramatic interpretation-it is a nonfiction book! It sounds more like a Saturday Night Live sketch when the narrator uses a high pitched stereotypical African-American female voice for quotes from a young girl and when he uses his British accent for the voice of a researcher. Out of place at best- offensive and insensitive at worst.
This book is ridiculously long and the author introduces to many long stories which are unnecessary. To much research and not enough of explaining what that research means or how to apply it to your child. Here is the gist of it.
How to have a Brave and curious child: protect them from serious trauma, stress and provide a secure nurturing relationship. When a kid is stressed out we need to help them calm down and teach them how to deal with stress and tantrums. Lots hugging and listening during 0-3 is the most important.
Needs child size adversity growing up. Especially in 10-18. Teach them how to manage failure and learn from failure.