How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Sep 2012
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"I wish I could take this compact, powerful, clear-eyed, beautifully written book and put it in the hands of every parent, teacher and politician. At its core is a notion that is electrifying in its originality and its optimism: that character – not cognition – is central to success, and that character can be taught. How Children Succeed will change the way you think about children. But more than that: it will fill you with a sense of what could be." (Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here)
"Every parent should read this book – and every policymaker, too." (Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit)
"A timely and essential message … a brilliantly readable account of the growing evidence that inner resources count more than any amount of extra teaching support or after-school programmes when it comes to overcoming education disadvantage" (Independent)
"Absorbing and important." (New York Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Why character, confidence, and curiosity are more important to your child’s success than academic results. The New York Times bestseller. For all fans of Oliver James or Steve Biddulph’s Raising Boys, Raising Girls, and The Complete Secrets of Happy Children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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No brief commentary such as mine can possibly do full justice to the scope and depth of material that Tough provides, supplemented by 19 pages of extensively annotated notes. Also, those who have already reviewed the book have identified what they found most important, most valuable to them. Briefly, here are five of the several dozen passages that caught my eye:
"There is something undeniably compelling about the cognitive hypothesis [i.e. the number of words a child hears from parents early in life determines academic success later]. The world it describes is so neat, so reassuringly linear, such a clear case of inputs [begin italics] here [end italics] to outputs [begin italics] here [end italics]." However, in recent years, research conducted by individuals and teams raises questions about many of the assumptions behind the cognitive hypothesis.Read more ›
This certainly held my attention - and makes an interesting contribution to the really fundamental questions about how we should best live - but ultimately it does so through what is effectively as a series of interesting articles about interesting encounters with a common theme. It's not a fully worked out theory about how best to parent or how best to live.
The structure of the book is very, very self-explanatory - there are only five chapters in the book - "How To Fail (And How Not To)", "How To Build Character", "How To Think", "How To Succeed", and "A Better Path". For my money, I think the first and second chapters - "How To Fail" and "How To Build Character" are well worth the price of the book - you would do well to read these carefully.
That many of US schools are not performing is not news. That several of these schools happen to be in poor neighbourhoods is also not unknown. Millions, and billions of dollars at the national level spent, and a score or more programs have been launched, scrapped, and launched - all in the hopes of improving measurable outcomes in the form of improved scores, lower dropout rates, sustained efforts that lead to more students finishing high school and college. All with varying degrees of success. The effort to find more fundamental causes of poor academic performance and poor social skills among students therefore continues.
"In 2008, eighty-three school-age teenagers were murdered in the city, and more than six hundred were shot but survived." The city being Chicago, where the "murder rate is twice as high as the rate in Los Angeles.Read more ›
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Puts data and a convincing narrative behind things I believed intuitively. Inspiring, encouraging. Written in a way that is never overly simplistic.Published 1 month ago by Kym Alnwick
Lots of good stuff, and anecdote based, but could it get the message across in half the time? I think so. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew Bakewell
I really enjoyed this book! Paul has explored how all the little things in life can either enhance or reduce a child's chances in life and how we as professionals/parents/community... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Miss Charlotte L Agnew
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How Children Succeed follows on from the classic Mischel work on self control and examines the importance of character... Read more
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