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3.0 out of 5 stars what matters most?, August 22, 2012
This review is from: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (Hardcover)
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How Children Succeed - Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character is well worth reading. The author examines schools, family dynamics, and character and the way early childhood experiences can affect emotional and physical well being long after a child is grown. Various examples and studies are utilized to support the concept that children brought up in stressful environments are at high risk for repeating the mistakes of their parents. These might include drug abuse, gang banging, early sexual activity, teen pregnancy,etc. The good news is that intervention - if it is the right kind- can make a positive impact on the child. The work of Carol Dweck is mentioned, as is that of a host of educators, social reformers, and pure researchers. This book is a bit more pedantic than some psychology books for the layman. It explains how studies involving careful monitoring of rodent mothers and their offspring demonstrate that nurturing in early youth- even by a foster mother rather than a biological one- makes a dramatic difference in the resilience, curiosity, and intelligence of pups as they develop. Similar stories fill the pages and support the author's primary message- that character attributes such as perseverance (grit) can predict future success better than standardized test scores. The book has inspired me to pay more attention to the way I interact with children as a parent and educator.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2012 1:42:46 PM PST
C. Clearly says:
Your review of the book is highly complimentary, going so far as to say it is "well worth reading." I must ask you, why only 3 stars?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013 7:23:45 PM PDT
mflixx says:
Lay down a critique if there's two stars missing...didn't one of our Presidents say that character doesn't matter? Ha. Smart kids without character only make for more sophisticated criminals!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2013 9:38:07 AM PDT
Dan Clark says:
I'm with Laurel. Three stars means the book is worth reading. Don't contribute to star inflation--save the four and five star ratings (especially the five star ratings) for the really special books.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2014 4:54:37 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2014 4:55:40 PM PDT
WhoD@ says:
Any recommendations on some 4 to 5 star parenting books?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2014 10:38:49 PM PDT
Brain Rules for Babies is my favorite. Often I feel most parenting books are written to meet a page quota. I thoroughly enjoyed John Medinia's book.
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