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Paul Tough on ‘How Children Succeed’


Hour 2

In his new book, “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character,” New York Times Magazine writer PAUL TOUGH challenges our traditional view of why and how children thrive. Instead of tested intelligence, Tough suggests the qualities that matter are character traits like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. Tough interviews educators and researchers attempting to scientifically study, measure and implement how character affects and is affected by early achievement.

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