Mentoring Matters: Paul Tough’s “How Children Succeed”

Mentoring changes lives!

Attend, Engage, Invest

Book coverIf you’re looking for a book that will engage, educate, and inspire you, Paul Tough’s book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character might be for you. Written to highlight the effects of poverty on children and marketed to the parenting audience, the book discusses findings about the deprivations poverty visits on infants and children, the problem with both over-parenting and disengagement among well-off children, and interventions to mitigate these, all by pulling together disparate lines of research and practice. In addition, although Check & Connect is never mentioned, its guiding principles can be seen throughout the book.

The Importance of Character

Tough’s main argument is that cognitive skills alone do not assure children’s success. Children also need to develop persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit, and self-confidence—what the literature calls non-cognitive skills and what Tough calls character. According to Tough, character is built by experiencing and…

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