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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character
Author Paul Tough tackles our culture’s belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole indicator of value in our education system. In his new book, he ushers in a tidal change in thinking and argues that non-cognitive skills — or character — are better indicators of success: curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, and grit. Hear Tough discuss this new value system, and his recommendations for how we can improve our children’s chance of success by fostering these skills in our education system. Sponsors: Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation St. Germain Investment Management Season sponsor:
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FORUM THINKS DISCUSSION WITH PAUL TOUGH
JANUARY 23, 2013 | 4:00PM | SHERATON SPRINGFIELD Before his keynote address, Tough will take questions from community members, educators and administrators. Are our local education systems and social safety nets designed to develop kids’ character? Is this work that should be happening in our schools? Add your voice to this critical conversation.
Paul Tough, the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character, and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, which focuses on the steps necessary to improve the lives and education of underserved children. Through the case study of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Tough describes the inspiring struggle to establish a way to combat poverty that could be replicated nationwide. Tough is an editor and contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about education, poverty and politics, including cover stories on the Harlem Children’s Zone, the post-Katrina school system in New Orleans, and No Child Left Behind and charter schools. He has worked as an editor at Harper’s Magazine and as the founding editor of Open Letters, an online magazine of first-person correspondence, and as a reporter and producer for the public radio program This American Life, where he reported on the parents enrolled in the Harlem Children Zone’s Baby College. His writing has appeared in Slate, Esquire, GQ, and The New Yorker. He lives with his wife in New York.
The most important part of your day is the 20 minutes you spend reading to the child in your life.
Reading Success by 4th Grade
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