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on February 7, 2013
Parents and teachers want their kids to succeed: this is a universal truth in life. In today's world, the path to success is becoming ever more complex and convoluted. Without a clear idea of how to help children navigate today's world, more and more parents are turning to markers of success that were used in the past-- but may be less relevant today.

Paul Tough's bestselling book How Children Succeed is a great, if lengthy piece of work. In this summary, you get a condensed version of Tough's theories-- without losing the logic or the reasoning behind the conclusions drawn. Most importantly, the essence of what a parent or educator needs to do to help children succeed is drawn out of Tough's book and put in easily-accessible, bite-sized pieces here.

This guide focuses heavily on the "how"-- it provides many hands-on, practical methods for working with children. One of the major focuses of the book is helping children learn how to think and analyze knowledge, rather than teaching them how to memorize-- a skill that is under-emphasized in education today.
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on June 30, 2013
Every educator has searched for answers to our most difficult clients. Paul lays out with the support of extensive research ways, programs and stratigies to deal, no succeed wth the most difficult students. It is not the lack of structure of academic rigor that is creating failing schools. It is the lack of carefully training students to commit and to rebuild their CHARACTER.

We can not afford as a society to continue to throw away children, suspend, expel, arrest and force them to drop out. We must suceed or we are spawning the next generations of criminals and homeless in exponentially greater numbers. Great job Paul.
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on April 6, 2013
Fundamentally, it explains the difference between building character and giving self-esteem and why building character works and why giving self-esteem doesn't.
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on March 12, 2013
Excellent. A good synopsis of some enlightening information about the way the students in your class are learning. Definitely read this if you are a teacher.
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on March 10, 2013
The stories in the full book are so inspiring you don't want to miss them. abut this is a good quick read.
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on February 22, 2013
This is a very easy to understand summary of Paul Tough’s influential book, “How Children Succeed.” Tough argues that nurturing a child’s character, rather than his IQ, is the easiest way to ensure that that child will succeed in later life. He advocates instilling specific characteristics like grit, self-control, zest, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism, curiosity and conscientiousness into children from an early age.

The summary includes all of the main arguments and details from the original book, but is organized into a format that is much easier to digest. It also does a nice job of including both the personal narratives and allowing the facts and research to come to the forefront.

While this was not a book on how to instill necessary childhood characteristics or force your child to succeed, it is a thought provoking and insightful look into character development and what kind of people are prone to success in contemporary society. It definitely made me analyze which characteristics I felt were strongest in my own personality and which ones I could try to work on more in the hopes of achieving more success in the future.
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on February 9, 2013
I have come to believe that most non-fiction books lately could have been written as 40-50page articles. Unfortunately, most authors need to fluff-up their books with excessive anecdotes to have something that can be published in book form and thus make them money. I was able to easily converse on the topics in this book with my colleagues after reading this summary.
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on January 17, 2013
This summary of 'How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character' details the important aspects of determining whether or not a child has the best foundation to ultimately succeed in life. These tools are important for parents to ensure they foster the best early stage learning needed, emotionally and cognitively. The author, Paul Tough, addresses how despite previous research, IQ is no longer the end-all determinant for a child's success in life, rather their ability to handle and process stress is very important. Identifying faults in oneself and moving forward shows good 'executive function' skills that needed for a successful life and career. Tough points how to best foster these skills and what not to do as a parent. This review is beneficial for anyone who has a young child or even readers who are merely interested in the psychology and behavior of success. The language is clear and there are many examples used to help clarify the points of the book. I found this an extremely useful and engaging read.
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on December 19, 2012
How Children Succeed is an incredible summary of a very well researched and well written book. His explanation of how the formative years in a child's life greatly influences their ability to function and learn later is very easy to follow and understand. He pulls together how the attention of the parents in the first year of life to their ability to handle the challenges of life as adults.
Tough's resources and research shows how the social status of a child impacts who they will become as adults in society. Poorer children have greater challenges to over come, while wealthier children are much more sheltered. The impact of social and economical also directly affects how well a child does in school, but it also shows that these trends can be turned around with positive reinforcement and personal choices.
I found this summary to be one of the best I have ever read! I like picking these up to learn about various topics while I'm waiting for appointments and meetings, and this one has made me want to pick up the full book.
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on December 19, 2012
After reading this summary of How Children Succeed...In 30 Minutes it became apparent to me that this book should be a part of every parent's life, as well as educators and pretty much anyone that contributes to the development of a child. With the recent events that have taken place in US, it is crucial that information like this be shared and widespread so that we can address the root of potential problems in the ways that children learn to succeed.

This book addresses and puts to rest some old adages when it comes to childhood success, such as IQ relating to success rather than character traits like grist, willpower, and self-control. It also addresses how these traits can be developed as well as what a child needs to feel, in order to overcome the setbacks and failures that come with every-day life. Concepts such as allowing children to take risks and overcome challenges while evaluating their mistakes (without obsessing over them) are things that are sorely lacking in many children's lives.

The way this summary brings up important concepts such as teaching children to grow and improve, particularly when they fail, is something that this we as a society need to take seriously and make sure today's children have an opportunity to experience.

I really cannot recommend this summary enough for a quick, easy to understand read that can make a difference in the life of any child.
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