Huffington Post writer Judy Bolton-Fassman says she is usually skeptical about parenting books, but this one is different. “How Children Succeed: An Interview with Paul Tough”, Judy Bolton-Fasman, Huffington Post, September 21, 2012.
Paul Tough, in How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, talked to KIPP co-founder David Levin about character.
He has a new vision for character and it’s quite scientific in that he’s trying to figure out which character strengths make a difference in a kid’s success. And at the root of his research and thinking is the assertion that character is . . . a set of qualities that [enables] kids to change themselves and qualities that parents and teachers can instill.
Tough believes that character is malleable. Teachers and parents can make a difference, for poor kids and for rich kids. Bolton-Fassman finds that encouraging, and so do I.
More on How Children Succeed:
- “School of Hard Knocks”, Annie Murphy Paul, New York Times, August 23, 2012.
- “‘Children Succeed’ With Character, Not Test Scores”, NPR, September 4, 2012.
- “Q&A with Paul Tough: The Obama administration’s big missed opportunity”, Justin Snider, Hechinger Report, September 4, 2012.