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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

Critic Reviews

"Well-written and bursting with ideas, this will be essential [listening] for anyone who cares about childhood in America." ( Kirkus)

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THE most inspiring book I've read this year!

I enjoyed the Audible version so much, I've purchased a hard copy so I can study and take notes on this book. There is so much useful and encouraging information on how children learn, what keeps them from learning, and the valuable keys to lifelong success.

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Good book

If you think that education is important, this is a good book to read. Awesome.

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Did not give sufficient detail about how to develop qualities that predict success in children.

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RICH & CAPTIVATING

Don't judge a book by its title. This audio book is research-driven, all-too-human, and unrelentingly contemplative as well as informative. The only aspect that left me wishing for better is relative only to the narrator. His "character voice" reeks of what seems to be the narrator's awkward relation to the characters he reads to us.

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Textbook for class

This book was required for one of my college classes, we wrote a book report on it at the end. Overall for a book required for school it wasn't awful I did feel as though it was repetitive in the information provided making it a slow book but I did find many things interesting about it!

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Enlightening.

I especially liked the ending. which I won't spoil. It's good to know that encouraging motivation and persistence can break through the barriers of a hard life. It's why I'll never praise my kids for being smart, but i will praise them when they work hard and follow through.

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Great compilation of researches

Loved this book. Easy to listen at. Incredible research on low income income students. Narrator was awesome.

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Great insights on children success roots

In the style of Malcolm Gladwell and proposing some interesting ways to see the topic of children success in life, Paul Tough, with his own story of dropping out of colllege, makes a compelling case to address the need to help children in a situation of disadvantage make it through abd succeed.

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Adequate, but sometimes adrift

Sometimes makes leaps of logic that are guided more by author bias than research, especially toward the end.

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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.