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.
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.
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