Discussion of How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

  • February 10, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

This American Life contributor Tough (Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America) tackles new theories on childhood education with a compelling style that weaves in personal details about his own child and childhood. Personal narratives of administrators, teachers, students, single mothers, and scientists lend support to the extensive scientific studies Tough uses to discuss a new, character-based learning approach. While traditional education relies heavily on memorization, new research conducted by James Heckman suggests that the conventional wisdom represented by those third-grade multiplication tables has failed some of our most vulnerable students. Tough takes the reader through experiments that studied childhood nurture, or attachment theory, to report cards that featured character strength assessments (measuring “grit,” gratitude, optimism, curiosity, self-control, zest, and social intelligence). Focused on schools in Chicago and New York, Tough explores the effects of racial and socioeconomic divides through the narratives of survivors of an outdated system. The ultimate lesson of Tough’s quest to explain a new wave of educational theories is that character strengths make up perhaps the single most compelling element of a child’s education, and these traits are rooted deep within the chemistry of the brain. Tough believes that it is society’s responsibility to provide those transformative experiences that will create its most productive future members.

 

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  • Jeannine

    Just returned from a trip out of town and exhausted....I will play it by ear.

    February 10, 2013

  • lorena

    so sorry I bit off more than I could chew this month Hope I am changing my RSVP in time to let somebody else take my place

    February 9, 2013

  • Andrea P.

    I have a last minute trip.

    February 8, 2013

  • Doug C.

    With family coming from out of town, I'll have to miss this meeting. See you next time.

    February 8, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Bummer, always look forward to your perspective. Hope to see you in March.

      February 8, 2013

  • Nina

    I would very much like to come if there's any space now!

    February 7, 2013

  • Nina

    When would we be likely to be alerted if a space does open up, maybe a day ahead? Thanks Scott!

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first Meetup! Hope to see you all soon.

    December 31, 2012

  • BerkeleyWit

    just ordered the book

    December 15, 2012

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