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.
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.
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.
I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.
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.
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.
Like Medina wrote in "Brain Rules", hearing the information is basically a more efficient way to learn. I believe this whole-heartedly.
Developing the grit to succeed is as important as the success itself.
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.
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.
I would. I follow his writing in the New York Times as is, and enjoy reading his analysis of education.
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.
The research presented by this book is good, and highlights the importance of strong intervention programs for families and early childhood.
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).
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.
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