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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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    Noelle Florida 09-29-15
    Noelle Florida 09-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Why not five stars!?"

    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.

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    Andrei Kouznetsov 08-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not practical"

    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.

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    mas 05-23-15
    mas 05-23-15
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    "Please Record This Again"
    Would you try another book from Paul Tough and/or Dan John Miller?

    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.


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    GHF New York 04-18-15
    GHF New York 04-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible"

    READ READ READ. One of the best books on this topic I've ever read. Wow. Heart, soul, science & research with powerful conclusions. Absolutely loved it.

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    CharityP 02-03-15
    CharityP 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "To much research, not enough "bringing it home""

    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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    PhilMac HAZEL CREST, IL, United States 07-21-14
    PhilMac HAZEL CREST, IL, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.

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    "Excellent - Refreshing - Insightful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How Children Succeed to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How Children Succeed?

    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.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Like Medina wrote in "Brain Rules", hearing the information is basically a more efficient way to learn. I believe this whole-heartedly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Developing the grit to succeed is as important as the success itself.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amalia Lee 06-16-14
    Amalia Lee 06-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Starts strong"
    What made the experience of listening to How Children Succeed the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Tough? Why or why not?

    I would. I follow his writing in the New York Times as is, and enjoy reading his analysis of education.


    What did you learn from How Children Succeed that you would use in your daily life?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The research presented by this book is good, and highlights the importance of strong intervention programs for families and early childhood.

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    Ethan 07-03-13
    Ethan 07-03-13
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    "Fluff. Waste of time."

    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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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 06-09-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "An excellent examination of different approaches"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gregg Menlo Park, CA, United States 05-18-13
    Gregg Menlo Park, CA, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The worst book I've ever downloaded"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To actually discuss what the title said


    Has How Children Succeed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, this is uniquely bad


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    none


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger about how bad it was


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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