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
"Well-written and bursting with ideas, this will be essential [listening] for anyone who cares about childhood in America." (Kirkus)
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.
I especially liked the ending. which I won't spoil. It's good to know that encouraging motivation and persistence can break through the barriers of a hard life. It's why I'll never praise my kids for being smart, but i will praise them when they work hard and follow through.
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.
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