By Paul Tough
Why do some children excel while others fall behind? Is it really all about graded intelligence? Following conventional wisdom, too often we predict success for those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs, and discount those who are not deemed to be in the highest percentile based on how we measure intelligence.
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 argues 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 achieve under difficult circumstances. Tough offers a hopeful new way of thinking about how best to encourage and inspire all children toward success.