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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Cathy Davidson “Now You See It”

October 4th, 2011

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Look how far information technology has brought us. The internet connects us in ways we never imagined. Digital devices do things only science fiction had envisioned. Yet most of the world’s workplaces and schools are still structured, and are still run, like they were in the Industrial Age.

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Cathy Davidson helped create the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. In her book “Now You See It,”: she explains how the brain science of attention is going to finally transform school and work. And along the way, we may need to transform how we define learning – and learning disabilities.

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