Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Videos

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Paul Tough at the 2014 Champion of Children event

Paul Tough interviewed by Fred Andrle at the 2014 Champion of Children event in Columbus, Ohio, sponsored by the United Way of Central Ohio. February 2014.

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Paul Tough in Conversation with Geoffrey Canada

Paul Tough discusses character strengths in education with Geoffrey Canada, founder and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, June 2013.

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Paul Tough at Heart-Mind 2013

Paul Tough discusses How Children Succeed with an interviewer from the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

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Paul Tough on Allan Gregg in Conversation

Paul Tough joins “Allan Gregg in Conversation” on TVO. March 2013.

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Paul Tough on Fox and Friends

Paul Tough on “Fox and Friends” on Fox News Channel, February 2013.

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Paul Tough on the Importance of Failure in Schools

Speaking at the Jewish Community Center in New York City with Dave Levin, Dominic Randolph, and John Merrow, December 2012.

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Paul Tough at Marquette University Law School

Paul Tough on Mike Gousha’s program “On the Issues,” in conversation at Marquette University in Milwaukee, November 2012.

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Paul Tough on “Tavis Smiley” on PBS

In an interview with Tavis Smiley, Paul Tough challenges the belief that intelligence is the sole indicator of value in the education system. November 2012.

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Managing Failure in Education

In a speech, Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, details how a good educator can guide students by having them look at their own failures. November 2012.

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Parents Are the Antidote to Toxic Stress

In a speech, Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, outlines the science behind “licking and grooming” and how this helps defuse “toxic stress.” November 2012.

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Getting Students Back on Track Requires Help From the Outside

In a speech, Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, explains how a student’s character and outside help work together to improve that student’s life. November 2012.

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Paul Tough on the importance of adversity in childhood

In a speech, Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, details how some students could actually benefit from having more adversity in their lives. November 2012.

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NYT Journalist and Best-Selling Author Talks True Determinations of Success

A report on Paul Tough’s visit to Rome and Utica, New York, where he was invited by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. November 2012.

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Paul Tough at Texas Book Festival

Discussing How Children Succeed and Whatever It Takes on a panel with Rep. Mark Strama, Meira Levinson, and Michael Brick, October 2012.

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Paul Tough with Wendy Kopp (highlights)

A conversation at Teach for America headquarters in New York, October 2012.

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Paul Tough on “How Children Succeed”

Interview on WGN Morning News in Chicago, October 2012

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Paul Tough on Grit

Paul Tough speaks at the Young Education Professionals-Colorado launch event, October 2012.

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Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

Paul Tough speaks at the Young Education Professionals-Colorado launch event, October 2012.

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The Science of Success

Paul Tough delivers the Fifth Annual Lecture on Science, Technology & Society, presented by the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP), in collaboration with the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group at the University of Chicago. Following the lecture, a panel of experts responds. October 2012.

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How ALL Children Succeed

Paul Tough in a panel discussion at JPMorgan Chase with Pamela Cantor, Scott Palmer, and Dave Levin, moderated by Michele Norris. October 2012.

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Tough: A Student’s Character Matters More Than Intelligence

“Andrea Mitchell Reports,” MSNBC, September 2012
Is a child’s failure essential to achieving success? Author Paul Tough shares details from his latest book, How Children Succeed, which aims to answer that question as well as whether school should teach character to their students.

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True Grit: Can You Teach Children Character?

Paul Tough in conversation with Brian Williams, David Brooks, Angela Duckworth, and Carol Dweck, NBC News Education Nation, September 2012

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How Children Succeed Author Paul Tough

Interview on AM Northwest, KATU-TV Portland, September 2012

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Paul Tough Q&A with Robin Lake

A discussion at the Washington Education Innovation Forum, presented by the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington in Seattle, September 2012

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Paul Tough at the Los Angeles Public Library in conversation with Patt Morrison

Paul Tough introduces us to a new generation of scientists and educators who are radically rethinking our understanding of how children develop character, how they learn to think, and how they overcome adversity. September 2012.

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Paul Tough on “The Cycle” on MSNBC

Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed, talks about shifting the focus from IQ and test scores to traits of perseverance, curiosity, and grit for long term success in kids. September 2012.

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Paul Tough talks about education and parenting with ParentMap in Seattle

Author Paul Tough sat down with ParentMap to talk about his book How Children Succeed and examine this central question: Why do some children succeed while others fail? September 2012.

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Paul Tough on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC

Discussing education politics and teacher evaluations along with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and author Wes Moore, September 2012.

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Paul Tough on the Importance of Resilience

Author Paul Tough talks with Hathaway Brown Head of School Bill Crist about why schools and teachers should focus on resilience and other non-cognitive character traits, August 2012.

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NBC News Education Nation: Can Character Be Taught?

Paul Tough in conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival with Andrea Mitchell, Dominic Randolph, and Russell Shaw, July 2012.

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Paul Tough talks with Andrea Mitchell at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed, and Russell Shaw, head of Georgetown Day School, argue that poor high school preparation and a lack of student ownership have contributed to the world’s highest college dropout rate. July 2012.

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Paul Tough on what led him to write “How Children Succeed”

From a speech at the Building Hope/Closing the Gap conference in Salem, Oregon, October 2011.

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Paul Tough Speaks to Covering Education Seminar

Paul Tough discussing the Harlem Children’s Zone and his book Whatever It Takes with the students of the Covering Education seminar at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. February 2009.

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Paul Tough on Post-Katrina Education in New Orleans

The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TV Ontario, September 2008.

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Paul Tough: Whatever It Takes

Paul Tough’s lecture from the 2008 Equity Symposium at the Teachers College of Columbia University.

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Paul Tough talks OxyContin on MSNBC

Paul Tough discussing his New York Times Magazine cover story on OxyContin on MSNBC, July 26, 2001.

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Paul Tough talks OxyContin on Today

Paul Tough on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, discussing Tough’s cover story in the New York Times Magazine on OxyContin abuse, July 26, 2001.

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Paul Tough on Saturday Night

Paul Tough discussing Saturday Night magazine with Allan Gregg on “Studio 2” on TVO, March 1999.

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Paul Tough on Montreal Today

Paul Tough discussing Saturday Night magazine on “Montreal Today,” March 1999.

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Paul Tough on corporate responsibility [part two]

Paul Tough with Al Dunlap on CNNfn, May 9, 1996. Discussing the Harper’s Magazine Forum on corporate responsibility. Part one of two.

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Paul Tough on corporate responsibility [part one]

Paul Tough with Al Dunlap on CNNfn, May 9, 1996. Discussing the Harper’s Magazine Forum on corporate responsibility. Part one of two.

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Hackers On Planet Earth: The Author Panel

Paul Tough takes part in a panel discussion focusing on writing about hackers, along with Winn Schwartau, Julian Dibbel, and people involved in the filming of a major motion picture all about hackers (Rafael Moreu, Michael Peyser, Iain Softley). August 1994.

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