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Why do some children succeed while others fail?

November 5, 2012

These days, I can’t stop reading (and re-reading) Paul Tough’s book,  How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of  Character. 

Given our society’s obsession with  SAT scores and other high-stakes testing, Tough’s observations on the importance of  character and grit in the life of a child are both refreshing and encouraging.

Why do some children succeed while others fail?

Tough’s web site sums it up nicely:

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 that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

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