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How Children Succeed Audiobook

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

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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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    R. Jones Chicago, IL 11-13-12
    R. Jones Chicago, IL 11-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I expected"
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    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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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    "The Right Formula"

    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 Lewisville, TX 05-13-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 05-13-13 Member Since 2015

    Book nerd for life!

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    "Just Okay...Get 30 Min Summary"
    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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    dez 05-28-16
    dez 05-28-16
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    "Educational sense"

    Great educational sense backed up by both experiential case study and empirical data in an easy to read format.

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    Michael Shapiro 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "pushing grit: teaching character over content"

    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.

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    Daniel M. 02-25-16
    Daniel M. 02-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "awesomely informative book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adebo I 02-19-16
    Adebo I 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A book for everyone who was a child ..."

    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.

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    narrowback slacker 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Reader was distracting and I just couldn't finish."
    What didn’t you like about Dan John Miller’s performance?

    The reader had a tendency to try on different voices, and they were unconvincing (and a little stereotypical) and just really distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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