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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Gerald Chertavian “A Year Up”

August 6th, 2012

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America may still be the “land of opportunity,” but the sad truth is, there is an opportunity gap that keeps millions of young people from ever advancing beyond the bottom of the job ladder.

A number of years ago, when he was a Wall Street banker, and a Big Brother volunteer, Gerald Chertavian saw firsthand how hard it is for many young Americans to get the same kind of career breaks he took for granted.

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At the same time, he realized that American businesses were starving for good skilled workers.

Chertavian was inspired, and the result was the organization he founded, “Year Up,” dedicated to lifting young, disadvantaged, yet motivated workers.

Now he shows, in a new book called “A Year Up,” how his program works – and why its principles may be essential to America’s continued success.

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Alfie Kohn “The Homework Myth”

September 6th, 2006

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Every fall, it’s back-to-school for America’s kids — and back to the dreaded nighttime routine called homework. Even elementary school-age children have an hour or two of work every night, because, we’re told, that’s what will help them be competitive later on.

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But now Alfie Kohn turns all the conventional wisdom about homework completely upside down, and exposes how little actual value there is in forcing kids to take their schoolwork home. His new book is called “The Homework Myth.”

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