Book Review: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough | Stephen Diagram

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

  1. How to Fail (and How Not to)
  2. How to Build Character
  3. How to Think
  4. How to Succeed
  5. A Better Path

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How Children Succeed – Paul Tough – Animated Book Review


How to Fail

Part of the brain most affected by early stress is the prefrontal cortex, which is critical in self-regulatory activities; both emotional and cognitive

Children affected by early stress and trauma

  1. more difficult to concentrate
  2. more difficult to sit still
  3. more difficult to rebound from disappointment
  4. more difficult to follow directions

Poverty itself doesn’t compromise the abilities of poor children; the stress caused by poverty does. The solution is high quality parenting


How to Build Character

The two most important executive functions

  • Cognitive Flexibility: the ability to see alternative solutions, think outside the box and negotiate unfamiliar situations
  • Cognitive Self-Control: the ability to ignore habitual / instinctual response. Use a more effect method than what you would instinctual do.

How to Think

In science, you can’t ever truly verify your results to be perfectly correct; you must seek to prove yourself wrong through a process called Falsification.

Confirmation Bias occurs when we try to prove ourselves right


How to Succeed

The United States doesn’t have a problem with access to college; they have a problem with students completing college. Non-cognitive skills like resilience, resourcefulness, and grit are used to predict college success.


A Better Path

To produce brave, curious, kind and prudent adults, we must protect children from severe childhood stress and trauma. Secure and nurture your children. Manage their failure. Let kids know its fine to fail, let them fail, and teach them to overcome it.


In Review

Help kids develop persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-control.

Non-cognitive skills = personality traits = character

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