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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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


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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This book illuminates some of my own questions and experiences when I was going through school as an unmotivated and generally lazy student. But, it also provides plenty of reinforcement for what I am doing to help my children succeed in and outside of the classroom. I know I'll never get it all right, but I would suggest this book to any parent that is looking for tools or answers as our kids start developing even faster into the people they will become.

That aside, there is a lot of discussion about the influence of poverty, class and social status on children's ability to succeed. It is pointed out several times that those most at risk are those being raised by a single mother. Note to father's...you have a job to do. And by the way, it's for the rest of your life. Do the work.

Aside from the studies, evidence and stories that make up this book there is no mention of the role a father plays in setting an example for success. It seems to be the one ingredient missing yet Paul Tough spends no time on it. I know that's not the focus of the book, but maybe it could be for his next one.

Parents: It's a good book and it's quick. A must read.



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