Paul Tough “How Children Succeed”

September 14th, 2012

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If your son is getting really good standardized test scores in school, he’s succeeding, right?

If your daughter just aced her SATs, that’s success, isn’t it?

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No, not necessarily, says journalist Paul Tough. He wondered, why do some children succeed while others fail?

In his new book “How Children Succeed,” Tough says the traditional measures of success are not the ones that really matter. He argues that instead of a high SAT score, we should aim to teach children skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

It also turns out, meeting and defeating obstacles is crucial to our brain’s ability to help us succeed in life, and Tough found that both very poor children and very affluent ones are at a disadvantage.

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