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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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    Paul 10-31-16
    Paul 10-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I expected"

    The book dwells on years of research around methods used to improve performance in schools to prepare kids for college. If you are a policy maker for school curriculum this is your book. If you are a parent it will be difficult to extract specific things you can do for your kids to give them the best chance to be successful.

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    Desmond A. Hasty Philadelphia, PA United States 10-24-16
    Desmond A. Hasty Philadelphia, PA United States 10-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "How will children succeed?"

    This book starts off very heavy with classifications based on Mr. Tough's research. It can be a little difficult to get through but the story changes and the book is great. Hall finishes this book with a call to action featuring a few different ways that someone can take action to help children succeed. It's inspirational and motivational to say the least.

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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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    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.

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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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    "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.


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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
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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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