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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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    Michael Shapiro 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "pushing grit: teaching character over content"

    focusing us in on the crucial role character development plays in childhood development, Paul Tough lays out why a lack of emphasis on character building / virtue ethics is actually hurting our kids much much more than any lack of intelligence or inability of teachers to convey content. content is much less important than character. and paul tough shows that good schools are switching their focus.

    I only give this book 4 stars, because it assumes getti g through college is the goal. while, I believe that colleges also are even more problematic. but you have to read Tony Wagner for that.

    still, Paul Tough realized that when he dropped out of college to go traveling, despite being a good student at a good school, he was helping himself put emphasis on character over content.

    in a world of dataplans and wifi and smartphones, and an internet that knows everything, we are only beginning to recognize that we don't need to memorize anymore. skills will matter way more. but Tough emphasis the need to be tough and thay matters too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 09-08-13
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Right Formula"

    It's the second time that I've read this book. And what a difference it takes, because the first time I thought this book was too dark, talking about poor, addicted, minorities. A very hard to change environment, a very hard to succeed in life. Now, I see another angle. It's full of data and it can build the basis for a great life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 05-13-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 05-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Okay...Get 30 Min Summary"
    What did you like best about How Children Succeed? What did you like least?

    Best - focusing on what people can do in regards to teaching character development in schools
    Least - don't go off on tangents. Are we focusing on character development, or poverty?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The case studies were good but what can we learn from them? Seemed more like storytelling.


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s voice?

    Stop. Mimicking. Characters. He would use a different voice for the students he talked about which was extremely distracting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I wouldn't mind a documentary version of this because of how many different stories there were.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a bit disappointed in the book. I suggest getting the 30 minute summary

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin casper, WY, USA 04-20-13
    Justin casper, WY, USA 04-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Invest yourself in childrens lives"

    I enjoyed this book and I agree with most points. I have 5 kids and have my own ideas. I enjoyed the book in this way, as long as we all try harder for the sake of our children things will improve for the future of the human race. We do need more attention on our children and that seems to be the spirit of this book. I say invest that credit and pay attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle union city, CA, United States 04-19-13
    Michelle union city, CA, United States 04-19-13
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    "Narrator offensive"
    What would have made How Children Succeed better?

    I will be requesting a refund for this audio book. Each time the male narrator quoted an African American female he raised his voice in a high-pitched voice and tried to fake an African American "accent." This was quite distracting, and even offensive, especially when he would not change his voice when quoting a presumably non-African American female. (Either way, please don't try to put on a high-pitched voice when quoting a female, regardless of race; it sounds quite ridiculous.) All he has to do is say that he is quoting an African American female. He does not need to use a fake voice. It's too bad, because there was quite a bit of substance that was interesting. I may decide to purchase the written version instead.


    Would you recommend How Children Succeed to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dan John Miller’s performances?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. McMillie Arizona 06-23-13
    K. McMillie Arizona 06-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like best about How Children Succeed? What did you like least?

    I did not care for this book. The author has clearly done quite an extensive amount of research into the topic, but it is written in such a style that it did not keep my attention at all, despite a good performance by the narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I honestly could not finish this book......and that in itself is saying something because it is very rare that I don't finish a book.


    Do you think How Children Succeed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had not spent my money on this book, but even worse, I wish I had not invested the time to listen to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nopadol Rompho Bangkok 08-25-17
    Nopadol Rompho Bangkok 08-25-17
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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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    Karen Samuels New York, New York USA 08-15-17
    Karen Samuels New York, New York USA 08-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

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

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    Alexandra Leighton 08-06-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelby 06-12-17
    Shelby 06-12-17
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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