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Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes, reverses three decades of thinking about what creates successful children, solving the mysteries of why some succeed and others fail—and of how to move individual children toward their full potential for success.

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 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 stay 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 change our understanding of childhood itself.

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  • “Mr. Tough’s new book…combines compelling findings in brain research with his own first-hand observations on the front lines of school reform. He argues that the qualities that matter most to children’s success have more to do with character—and that parents and schools can play a powerful role in nurturing the character traits that foster success. His book is an inspiration. It has made me less of a determinist, and more of an optimist.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Illuminates the extremes of American childhood: for rich kids, a safety net drawn so tight it’s a harness; for poor kids, almost nothing to break their fall.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wonderfully written…Reveals a school improvement measure in its infancy that has the potential to transform our schools, particularly in low-income neighborhoods.”

    Washington Post

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