Paul Tough writes that there is more to a child’s success than IQ and standardized tests. Children also need skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control. In his book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Tough especially focuses on how science research and new inventions can help propel children living in poverty.
Tough told TakePart earlier this year, “We can see how growing up in chaotic or stressful environments affects the development of the prefrontal cortex and how that affects executive function. Skills like being able to focus your thoughts, sit still, concentrate, and follow directions.”
Critics have said this book will inspire parents and educators and could change the way “we raise our children, how we run our schools, and how we construct our social safety net.”