Helping Children Succeed by Paul Tough
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His previous books...pursue similar themes. Those books are better. “Helping Children Succeed” reads more like a succession of entries in a notebook than a new story worthy of a whole book. Nevertheless, his message bears repeating.
-The Economist

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In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough introduced us to research showing that personal qualities like perseverance, self-control, and conscientiousness play a critical role in children’s success.
 
Now, in Helping Children Succeed, Tough takes on a new set of pressing questions: What does growing up in poverty do to children’s mental and physical development? How does adversity at home affect their success in the classroom, from preschool to high school? And what practical steps can the adults who are responsible for them—from parents and teachers to policy makers and philanthropists—take to improve their chances for a positive future?
 
Tough once again encourages us to think in a brand new way about the challenges of childhood. Rather than trying to “teach” skills like grit and self-control, he argues, we should focus instead on creating the kinds of environments, both at home and at school, in which those qualities are most likely to flourish. Mining the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, Tough provides us with insights and strategies for a new approach to childhood adversity, one designed to help many more children succeed.
 

About Paul Tough

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PAUL TOUGH is an editor at the New York Times Magazine and one of America's foremost writers on poverty, education, and the achievement gap. His reporting on Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children's Zone originally appeared as a Times Magazine cover story. He lives with his wife in New York City.
 
Published May 24, 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 145 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Apr 13 2016

Tough's research demonstrates that all children have the capacity for self-control, grit, and success if given the right tools to work with from birth. Informative and effective methods to help children overcome issues and thrive at home and in school.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Kevin carey on Jun 10 2016

How to create more such schools, which remain few and far between? “Helping Children Succeed” leaves that question, the great unsolved puzzle of modern education policy, unanswered. Which means that teachers, lawmakers and school leaders will need plenty of the qualities that Tough promotes so persuasively...

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The Economist

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on Jul 09 2016

His previous books...pursue similar themes. Those books are better. “Helping Children Succeed” reads more like a succession of entries in a notebook than a new story worthy of a whole book. Nevertheless, his message bears repeating.

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