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Free download How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough pdf epub fb2

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Name: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Author: Paul Tough
Language: English
ISBN: 0547564651
ISBN13: 9780547564654
Genres: Nonfiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
First publish: 2012
review1: Which skills and traits lead to success? How do they develop in childhood? What interventions might help children develop them? Paul Tough discusses these ideas and his report will not be surprising to anyone who has worked in education. His list of qualities include persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit, and self-confidence. I wish his picture of what "success" really is were a little clearer, I'm not sure I agree with his ideas here, but overall I think he has done a great job of reporting what it takes to do well in life. He wrote the case studies so well that I became involved and found myself cheering the students on like characters in a novel. I wanted to know how it all turns out for them, but of course they are not finished living yet. ... more I know this looks like yet another book for overly-involved white parents worried about getting their children into the best preschool, but I assure you it is not. This is one of the most insightful and intelligent books I've ever read about public education in America. Paul Tough exposes the lies of meritocracy, standardized testing, education reform (a.k.a. teacher tenure reform), and racism that are often used to explain why some kids get a good education in this country, and others do not. While terms like "grit, curiosity," and "character" mean nothing in the abstract, Tough clearly defines these terms in the context of his argument. Kids who grow up in poverty are more than just disadvantaged. It's not as simple as simply "working harder."Spoiler alert: parents play a huge role in the success of their children and systemic poverty makes it exceedingly hard to be a good parent. That's the heart of the issue. If you care about poverty and education (and Tough argues that the two are intricately linked), then you really need to read this book. less
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