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