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  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character | Paul Tough

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    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.

    Gregory says: "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"
  • Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why | Paul Tough

    Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
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    In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough introduced us to research showing that personal qualities like perseverance, self-control, and conscientiousness play a critical role in children's success. Now, in Helping Children Succeed, Tough takes on a new set of pressing questions: What does growing up in poverty do to children's mental and physical development? How does adversity at home affect their success in the classroom, from preschool to high school?

    Adam Shields says: "The environment matters"
  • Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America | Paul Tough

    Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America

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    • By Paul Tough
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    What would it take?That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children, not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children's Zone, a 97-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America.

    Anthony says: "Aboslutely terrific!"
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