Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Books by Paul

How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence. Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

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Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes

Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America

A carefully researched and deeply affecting dispatch from inside the most daring and potentially transformative social experiment of our time: the Harlem Children’s Zone. An inspired portrait not only of Geoffrey Canada but also of the parents and children in Harlem who are struggling to better their lives, often against great odds.

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Helping Children Succeed

Helping Children Succeed

What Works and Why

The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

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