Monday, June 9, 2014

How Children Succeed

Author:  Paul Tough
Pages:  231 (if you include the index - otherwise 201)

Great book.  Really interesting read for educators.  The main point is brought home in many ways:  change a family - change a neighborhood - change a community.  To change education, we have to change families one at a time.  How students are raised at home affects how they learn in school more than any other factor.

Towards the end of the book, more was shared about a chess team and the difference chess made with students.  Character education was also talked about.  It's impossible to bridge the gap in learning completely, but you can offset the disparity through five main character traits - resourcefulness, resilience, ambition, professionalism and integrity. (pg. 162)

Very well-written and interesting read.

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