How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed : Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

By (author) Paul Tough , Narrator Dan John Miller

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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, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism. How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of scientists and educators who are radically changing our understanding of how children develop character, how they learn to think, and how they overcome adversity. It tells the personal stories of young people struggling to say on the right side of the line between success and failure. And it argues for a new way of thinking about how best to steer an individual child or a whole generation of children toward a successful future. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage listeners; it will also change our understanding of childhood itself. "

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  • CD-Audio
  • 139.7 x 165.1 x 27.94mm | 226.8g
  • 04 Sep 2012
  • Tantor Media, Inc
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1452608148
  • 9781452608143
  • 840,128

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Paul Tough, the author of "Whatever It Takes," has written extensively about education, child development, poverty, and politics, including cover stories in the "New York Times" magazine. Actor and musician Dan John Miller is an award-winning audiobook narrator, having garnered multiple Audie Award nominations and one win, twice been named a Best Voice by "AudioFile" magazine, and received several "AudioFile" Golden Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from "Publishers Weekly."

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"Well-written and bursting with ideas, this will be essential [listening] for anyone who cares about childhood in America." ---Kirkus Starred Review

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