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

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

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by Paul Tough, Dan Miller
     
 

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Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes, reverses three decades of thinking about what creates successful children, solving the mysteries of why some succeed and others fail-and of how to move individual children toward their full potential for success.See more details below

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Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes, reverses three decades of thinking about what creates successful children, solving the mysteries of why some succeed and others fail-and of how to move individual children toward their full potential for success.

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Library Journal - Audio
The audio version of 2009's Smart but Scattered by the coauthors of Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents posits that the reason that intelligent, motivated youngsters succeed at certain things (e.g., soccer) but struggle with others (e.g., cleaning their rooms) relates to executive function—those cognitive processes that regulate delayed gratification, planning, working memory, and more. Embedded PDFs contain diagnostic components to help parents assess any lopsidedness in their children's executive functions; once problems are identified and placed within the rubric of the parents' own cognitive skills, realistic expectations can be put into play. Susan Ericksen provides a clear, sympathetic reading.The concerned Tough presents a condensation of the issues facing contemporary American educators. Though the material is well written, listeners will soon tire of track after track of different schools' innovations and approaches. Tough recounts the struggles and achievements of giant school systems (e.g., Chicago's), elite institutions, and innovators like YAP (Youth Advocate Programs), which creates "substitute or supplemental family structures for children who don't have them." Other than advocating attachment parenting, Tough's focus is more on research and funding, obscuring identification of ways parents can help children to develop the titular grit and character. Dan John Miller provides an effective reading. VERDICT Dawson and Guare's interesting work attempts to strike a balance between providing informational background and acting as a how-to manual; the result is not enough of either. This title is best suited to motivated, college-educated readers. Listeners interested in a survey course about the plight of the educational system can do no better than Tough's book, but caveat emptor—it is not a how-to volume.—Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Middletown
The New York Times Book Review
In this absorbing and important book, Tough explains why American children from both ends of the socioeconomic spectrum are missing out on these essential [overcoming failure] experiences. The offspring of affluent parents are insulated from adversity, beginning with their baby-proofed nurseries and continuing well into their parentally financed young adulthoods. And while poor children face no end of challenges—from inadequate nutrition and medical care to dysfunctional schools and neighborhoods—there is often little support to help them turn these omnipresent obstacles into character-enhancing triumphs. The book 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.
—Annie Murphy Paul
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"Well-written and bursting with ideas, this will be essential [listening] for anyone who cares about childhood in America." —Kirkus Starred Review

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ISBN-13:
9781452608143
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Sales rank:
1,343,129
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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

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