“Tough makes the convincing case that it’s not test scores or even raw intelligence that predict who will triumph: It’s grit, curiosity and persistence, all life skills that can be taught. An eye-opener.”-- People Magazine
Paul Tough is a journalist and former editor at the New York Times Magazine. His 2012 book "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" tries to answer this important question: Why do some children succeed while others fail?
The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, he argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.
-- from Paul Tough's website
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Paul Tough discusses character strengths in education with Geoffrey Canada, founder and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, June 2013