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

How Children Succeed Grit Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character Drop the flashcards grit character and curiosity matter even than cognitive skills A persuasive wake up call PeopleWhy do some children succeed while others fail The story we usually tell about chil

How Children Succeed Paul Tough How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character Through their stories and the stories of the children they are trying to help Tough traces the links between childhood stress and life success. Parental Involvement in School Helping Children Succeed All parents want their children to become successful, caring adults Similarly, many parents want to be involved with the formal education of their children Sometimes, however, they don t know where to start, when to find the time, or how to go about making positive connections with the school At Helping Children Succeed What Works and Why QA with Paul Tough What is Helping Children Succeed about It s about what children need in order to thrive especially children growing up in difficult circumstances and what kind of practices and policies, in the home and at school, will provide them with the best possible chance at success. How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough The New York Times Aug , Though the title How Children Succeed makes the book sound like an instruction manual for parents, it s really a guide to the ironies and perversities of income inequality in America. Twenty Ways You Can Help Your Children Succeed At School As a parent, you are your child s first and most important teacher When parents and families are involved in their children s schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. Help Washington foster children succeed The Seattle Times If any people deserve the help of Washington state government, surely children who have no safe place to call home do Children in foster care face tremendous challenges to growing into successful Parent Teacher Communication Helping Children Succeed in Research shows that children do better in school when parents talk often with teachers and become involved in the school There are number of ways that parents and teachers can communicate with each other, rather than relying on the scheduled parent teacher conferences Close communications between For Families Colorn Colorado As a parent, there are many ways that you can help your child succeed every single day These bilingual parent resources offer tips on helping your child learn to read, succeed in Happy Hollow Succeed Explore Inspire About Us Happy Hollow Children s Camp provides overnight camping activities, at their acre Brown County camp, with major emphasis on children who are economically disadvantaged, have severe to moderate asthma, or are members of educational groups. NEA Facts about Children s Literacy Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in school According to the National Center for Education Statistics NCES , a divison of the U.S Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not Twenty six percent of

  • Title: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
  • Author: Paul Tough
  • ISBN: 9780544104402
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • Drop the flashcards grit, character, and curiosity matter even than cognitive skills A persuasive wake up call PeopleWhy do some children succeed while others fail 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, P Drop the flashcards grit, character, and curiosity matter even than cognitive skills A persuasive wake up call PeopleWhy do some children succeed while others fail 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 that the qualities that matter have to do with character skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self control.How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character Through their stories and the stories of the children they are trying to help Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people s lives He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do and do not prepare their children for adulthood And he provides us with new insights into how to improve the lives of children growing up in poverty This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers, it will also change our understanding of childhood itself Illuminates the extremes of American childhood for rich kids, a safety net drawn so tight it s a harness for poor kids, almost nothing to break their fall New York Times I learned so much reading this book and I came away full of hope about how we can make life better for all kinds of kids Slate

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    1. Like Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, this book serves primarily as a starting point for discussion. How do children succeed? Paul Tough and co. aren't really sure. They are also unsure of what defines success in the first place. In today's world, it seems a little dishonest to write a book that never addresses real workplace success. Tough follows several subjects through the course of the book, but the main objective of the children that he discusses is always college. Occasionally [...]

    2. This book makes an unbalanced argument in two ways. First, it claims that if schools could just help students develop non-cognitive skills such as grit, courage, kindness, that would have more impact on eventual success than cognitive skills. In truth it's both/and. You need knowledge AND habits of mind. Paul Tough alludes to this with a couple of stories of students who have learned to focus but don't have the background knowledge to score well on tests, yet keeps coming back to grit as the sol [...]

    3. *A full executive summary of this book is available here: newbooksinbrief/2012/09/17When it comes to a child’s future success, the prevailing view recently has been that it depends, first and foremost, on mental skills like verbal ability, mathematical ability, and the ability to detect patterns–all of the skills, in short, that lead to a hefty IQ. However, recent evidence from a host of academic fields—from psychology, to economics, to education, to neuroscience–has revealed that there [...]

    4. As a teacher I have often wanted to put a sign in my classroom, "Many a student has failed because you can't send mom and dad to the principal's office." We cannot fix what's wrong with U.S. educational system until we fix what's wrong with families, or the lack of family. Tough finally addresses in the last chapter the elephant in the room, which educators and politicans acknowledge behind close doors that the family a child is born into will predict how well a child will succeed in school and [...]

    5. As a teacher, I really appreciated a lot of the issues brought to light by this book. When he quotes the principal at an extremely difficult school saying that its the first time she has considered that the student's environment outside of school has a major effect on performance in school, it seems unbelievable. However, this shows you how much brainwashing occurs throughout education where the people running schools and teaching in them are told that none of that matters and all that matters i [...]

    6. There's a certain kind of book that journalists like to write that I used to like, because I found it very convincing. It's the kind of book that reads something like this: "We all used to think that XXX. But then Professor AAA of the University of BBB did a study and it turns out that it's YYY."I used to like this because when you're young, you think the world is screwed up, and it's refreshing to find somebody that purports to demonstrate that your instincts are right and up is actually down a [...]

    7. This was the book du jour in education circles a couple of months ago--everyone reading it, nitpicking Tough's conclusions and assumptions. I didn't expect to like it, particularly--in fact, I stopped reading after the chess section--but finally finished it. The end of the book is the best part, where Tough pulls together the disparate threads of the research he's studied, on character and why it matters so much, and admits--oh yeah, we're totally headed in the wrong direction, policy-wise.There [...]

    8. Some books amaze you with breath-taking aesthetic appeal, others with innovative and unexpected narrative elements, and then there are books that are amazing because the story they tell changes the way you see and understand the world. What this book presents is an alternative to the cognitive hypothesis. This is a long-standing theory which posits that success (defined in this book as a happy, meaningful, and fulfilling life) is determined by one's cognitive abilities. What Tough's book suggest [...]

    9. Pretty interesting pseudo-science. It could have been one extremely long chapter of a Malcolm Gladwell book (maybe if the title had been one word). The main premise of the book is that intelligence isn't nearly as effective a predictor of success (usually determined by completion of a college degree) as a measurement of a child's character.Paul Tough clearly believes the thesis of his book, but the success stories in his case studies always seem to come up short of true success. Students get int [...]

    10. This guy hangs out at some inner-city schools and tells us touching stories about programs that "seem" [his word] to help rescue the underprivileged, undereducated kids who are already failing. We don't need "seem to work." From a book with a title like "How Children Succeed" we should learn about what is proven effective. He doesn't talk at all about the experience of the schools in Raleigh, North Carolina, which as far as I know is the one example of an entire metropolitan area with children s [...]

    11. I requested this book expecting dialog about what drives some children to go out into the world and try without fear to achieve their goals, and some to drop out of college--if they make it that far--and driftd/or take up permanent residence in their parents' basement. My instinct is that the accepted practices of conscientious parenting today is not the best way to turn out ambitious, autonomous adults, but what do I know? So I was hoping the book would help answer that supposition with fact an [...]

    12. Be honest for a minute. How much do you actually remember from high school? What skills are still intact that help you on a daily basis? Chances are, the biggest lessons you took away are how to organize your time, manage stress, and overcome adversity. In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that these "non-cognitive" skills are far and away the most important in determining whether someone will make it in college and beyond.The beauty of Tough's prose is that while it's couched in neuroscie [...]

    13. I was planning to rate this book 4 1/2 or 5 stars until reading the last chapter. The meat of the book is great in that it identifies some great markers of success for children. I was anxious to try some ideas spawned from the book, such as attempting to limit my child's exposure to negative stressors, and encouraging them to learn how to deal with failures. Then, suddenly, after only 2 previous quick jabs at conservative thinking, the author vomits throughout the last chapter this contradictory [...]

    14. The fact that I found myself tearing up while reading about a young student getting reprimanded for chewing gum can be attributed to the excellent writing in this book. When I read nonfiction I usually like to take it in small doses while I simultaneously read a well spun story. This was not the case with this interesting and inspiring work. I could not put it down.I feel passionate about education and this book sure had me thinking about the way we are teaching our kids from every socioeconomic [...]

    15. As an undergraduate student, I was assigned Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America for a class and it was one of the books that affirmed my decision to pursue education as a career. Tough's second book reaffirmed my belief in the value and potential of public education.Expanding on a New York Times Magazine article, Paul Tough explores character education and various schools (no pun intended) of thought about education and society. From decades of research across [...]

    16. After devouring “Brain Rules for Baby” like a hot-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie, I spied the title “How Children Succeed” and scarfed up Paul Tough’s latest journalistic endeavor; it was like expecting a chips ahoy and sinking my teeth into a kettle chip.You see, “How Children Succeed” is not a parenting book. Tough offers only a few pieces of broad strokes guidance. He states: “[S]cientists have demonstrated that the most reliable way to produce an adult who is brave and [...]

    17. Investigating successful kids and programs at low-income schools and high-achieving prep schools, as well as interviewing psychologists and neuroscientists, Tough challenges some conventional wisdom on causes of failure (poverty, teacher quality) and contends that nurturing character in children and young adults is the key to success. He argues that the gap between poorer and wealthier kids’ success levels is caused not mostly through lack of cognitive stimulation, but through a chaotic enviro [...]

    18. I really liked learning about the research presented in this book, but I can't say I enjoyed reading the book itself. It presents a journalist's approach to researching the question; what makes some kids "succeed" and others "fail." I put these things in quotes because I question the definition of success presented here. Success is defined as college completion, long lasting marriages, income level and so forth. The author never questions whether these outcomes increased a person's happiness, cr [...]

    19. Excellent book that discusses the power of character/grit over IQ in the long-term success of a child. It discusses how educators focus on the results of standardized tests alone and makes the point that IQ is not the only thing that determines the potential of a child. There are a lot of smart, privileged kids, but it's the kids with grit and determination who often have the most success according to the many studies. It discusses how IQ is innate, but character malleable, therefore, we as pare [...]

    20. Hate the title (and think it's odd that he used it, considering how frequently he pointed out in the book that the word "character" is misinterpreted and used by conservatives to mean morals).But I thought the book was really interesting and am leaning hard on everyone in my school distirct to read it. My personal motive in doing so, is to broaden our academic conversations beyond cognitive skills kids can/should aquire and talk about the non-cognitive skills they need and what is impeeding them [...]

    21. The subtitle of the book is a bit misleading. (I should even say the title was misleading as it deals more with adolescents than with children.) I had (foolishly) hoped for a book that more clearly catalogued true traits the girder success and how they can be instilled in children. While it does spend much of its time looking at the "character" traits that help children succeed, it is broader focused than just character development, with many portions dwelling on evaluation of a variety of educa [...]

    22. After loving Paul Tough’s first book, Whatever It Takes, I was very excited to learn that he had written a new book. In How Children Succeed, Tough argues that what matters most for kids is not intelligence but character. He masterfully weaves concise explanations of complex academic research with engaging stories of inspiring young people in many different situations and the adults who support them. He explains how early adversity causes stress which damages young children’s developing brai [...]

    23. Tough tells us what most of us have known and/or suspected for a long time -- brains and grades are not the only thing. Success comes from determination, desire, curiosity, and patience. And for the most part this is taught at home. Thus, its not only poverty which places children behind the starting line but also the character deficits often linked to poverty. Tough outlines numerous, programs and ideas to help alleviate those children who fell behind and at times the reader gets lost in the an [...]

    24. That was a good overview of some of the issues facing educators and child poverty workers. In particular, I appreciated that the book gave me a considerable list of further books to check out. The stories of the schools and students were really moving. And apparently it's time to learn some chess so I can teach it to the girls.

    25. I really enjoyed this book, but I also found it disappointing at the same time. I am assuming that any people reading this review will have read the book, so I'm not spoiling the plot (does a nonfiction book have a plot?).It's entitled "How children succeed" but really it's not. It's about the children - well actually teenagers, there's not a lot about children- who don't succeed. Example after example, research studies and projects all illustrate how hard it is for the kids born to poor and dys [...]

    26. This is quite a comprehensive book about the factors that could determine a child's success. Though the title says, "children" but it goes beyond the school years. In the beginning there is a lot of discussion and citation of research to send home the message that "character" is a more powerful indicator of success than the cognitive aptitude. But eventually, Tough demonstrates that character is an important part, but still incomplete without the cognitive aptitude. What I appreciated about the [...]

    27. As someone possibly striving to become a teacher, I appreciated How Children Succeed. Paul Tough variegates his writing style enough to keep the book entertaining without losing track of the message he puts forth - one way he does this is by including various anecdotes. He does not just share stories about kids who have suffered in the current education system, but he reveals parts of his own journey, such as when he dropped out of Columbia University.Tough connects these tales to psychology too [...]

    28. Paul Tough tries to identify what makes children succeed. His finding is that it's not so much intelligence or possible rewards but rather the character traits like grit and conscientiousness that make a difference. Another interesting finding was that children perform much worse under stress and that a strong social relationship has a very positive effect.I have a couple of problems with the book that I will shortly mention:* As a chess player I was aware of many things that the author describe [...]

    29. I found this book absolutely fascinating, although I felt he went on too long on some points--the whole chapter devoted to playing chess got a little boring for me.Tough describes how American schools are driven by the idea that we are teaching students tests--we are not teaching them character, which is what students need to succeed. We've been focusing on the wrong skills and abilities IQ alone does not guarantee success. There is an interesting discussion about what success means, but basical [...]

    30. I so appreciate what Paul Tough does here to talk about the physical and psychological effects of growing up in poverty and around trauma, but he consistently fails to connect those effects with a cause. He mentions the "savage inequalities" of school funding, neighborhood resources and systemic racism only in passing, which is quite hard for me to swallow in a book that claims to be entirely about what poor kids need to succeed.There's also a lot that made me feel icky about "character" general [...]

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