How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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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. 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 say 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
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452628141
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (480 min.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Miller, Dan John
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Apr 29, 2014

Recent studies have simply confirmed the studies of 30 years ago. There are two factors which determine children's later success (as measured by success in college). Socioeconomic status is not a causal factor, although I suspect a high non-causal relationship was found . . . I don't know.

#1 The importance that the parents attach to education. This explains the success over decades of fresh waves of immigrants whose kids come in without knowing a single word of English . . . and are head of their class soon after.
# 2 The amount of books and reading done in the home, starting with the parents.

Jan 01, 2014

I always enjoy a good shell game, such as: Children fail in school because of character flaws. Character flaws are caused by bad parenting. The children who fail most come from impoverished homes-therefore, ending poverty will lead to success in school. Poor children fail because of bad teaching, therefore recruiting better teachers at higher pay will lead to success in school. But wait! Giving kids too much will also cause them to fail. They wont achieve the highest levels of success at Harvard if over-indulged. They will be miserable if not allowed to fail! Throw bunches of studies in a pot, add political correctness, stir well, strain out any logical connections, and there you have it.


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