Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a speaker on various topics including education, poverty, parenting, and politics.
In "How children succeed" he argues that character skills like determination and optimism is more important than raising test scores.
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True Grit: Teaching Persistence and Resiliance