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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character | [Paul Tough]

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

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.
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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.

©2012 Paul Tough (P)2012 Tantor

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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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 09-08-13
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 05-13-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 05-13-13 Member Since 2012

    Book nerd for life!

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    What did you like best about How Children Succeed? What did you like least?

    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?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The case studies were good but what can we learn from them? Seemed more like storytelling.


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s voice?

    Stop. Mimicking. Characters. He would use a different voice for the students he talked about which was extremely distracting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I wouldn't mind a documentary version of this because of how many different stories there were.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a bit disappointed in the book. I suggest getting the 30 minute summary

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin casper, WY, USA 04-20-13
    Justin casper, WY, USA 04-20-13 Member Since 2006

    Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.

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    "Invest yourself in childrens lives"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle union city, CA, United States 04-19-13
    Michelle union city, CA, United States 04-19-13
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    "Narrator offensive"
    What would have made How Children Succeed better?

    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.


    Would you recommend How Children Succeed to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dan John Miller’s performances?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 02-21-13
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "how to succeed in not wasting time"

    ? do you have young children at home
    ? do you wonder what their adult world will be like
    ? do you fret about whether they will be prepared for it

    paul tough wondered for years about all these questions
    it came to a head for him when he and his wife had a newborn son
    he wanted to redefine the new path to success at school and at work

    this book dances over all the best new theories of education
    the author interviews an endless series of bright young educators
    they have an energy and earnestness that is almost inspiring

    all this material has been covered elsewhere by better authors
    the subject matter cries out for a wiser more experienced voice
    insight about raising children is best delivered with a weary patience

    if this subject really interests you look up geoffrey canada
    his life and work will lead you to other substantial sources
    unlike mr. tough, mr. canada understands more than he knows


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Red SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 01-11-13
    Red SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 01-11-13
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    "it sucked"
    Would you try another book from Paul Tough and/or Dan John Miller?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i wasted my credits for this. it reads like a college thesis than anything else. it is about observed behaviors of kids who triumphed over difficulties (which i myself can deduce) as in duh, why do i need a book to show me this, i can see it with my classmates and friends. what i was looking for was a book to provide step by step instruction on how to make children succeed. super boring.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PhilMac HAZEL CREST, IL, United States 07-21-14
    PhilMac HAZEL CREST, IL, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.

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    "Excellent - Refreshing - Insightful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How Children Succeed to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version. But can't imagine it could be be better or worse. This is about the information and I felt it so compelling I listened twice already.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How Children Succeed?

    The story about the young lady from one of Chicago's roughest inner city schools. At some point she developed the grit to push on and change her circumstance. Although she didn't get into Duke, she got into school. Story is inspiring.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Like Medina wrote in "Brain Rules", hearing the information is basically a more efficient way to learn. I believe this whole-heartedly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Developing the grit to succeed is as important as the success itself.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great read. Success is relative but the book provides interesting perspective into the idea of maintaining success and how those that might have had the tougher journey are more likely to hold onto it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amalia Lee 06-16-14
    Amalia Lee 06-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Starts strong"
    What made the experience of listening to How Children Succeed the most enjoyable?

    The first section explores the research on education, psychology, child development, and interventions that have been shown to be effective in improving educational and life outcomes. It is by far the most interesting section of the book and was very enjoyable. The narration was pleasant and not annoying, which really is all that this book needed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Tough? Why or why not?

    I would. I follow his writing in the New York Times as is, and enjoy reading his analysis of education.


    What did you learn from How Children Succeed that you would use in your daily life?

    As a teacher this book is particularly relevant to my daily life. What I took from How Children Succeed is something that is reinforced by every administrator and teacher in my district: parents don't keep their best and brightest at home, we get who there is as they are.


    Any additional comments?

    The research presented by this book is good, and highlights the importance of strong intervention programs for families and early childhood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan 07-03-13
    Ethan 07-03-13
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    "Fluff. Waste of time."

    Stories about psychologists, minimal science, no new research. Narrator uses annoying voices when reading quotes.

    The gist is bond w/ your child, encourage a growth mindset, and try to build character. Nothing shocking (or practical).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 06-09-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An excellent examination of different approaches"

    Many of the reviews I've read on this book do a lot of complaining about the lack of solutions presented. I don't have any problem with that. The fact is that it's a difficult issue, and there is no magic bullet. There will be trade offs, compromises and concessions along the way and people will have to let go of some of their firmly held dogmas in favor of what actually works.

    The benefit of this book is that it brings fresh ideas to the table and allows the listener to hear from the people who are researching these ideas. You also get to hear from the teachers, students and parents who are effected by the decisions being made. You hear first hand about the challenges they face. Additionally, the book explores the impact that education has on children's lives and on our society as a whole. The character oriented approach advocated by Mr Tough and some of the researchers profiled makes a lot of sense, and addresses a lot of what plagues society as a whole.

    This book held my interest from beginning to end and really got me thinking. The narration was excellent, and the author's attitude is flexible and unpretentious. If you have kids, especially young kids, I think you'll find this book to be quite eye opening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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