Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

More character reaction

Some more blog reaction to my article on character education in the New York Times Magazine, from Mothering 21 (a blog for parents of adult children who aren’t quite sure if they’re adults or children), Early Ed Watch, and the Evil HR Lady, who writes:

Lots of people live charmed lives as long as their parents are pulling the strings or they put themselves in places where success is almost guaranteed. Except that anyone in the working world today knows that failure is not only a possibility it’s a high probability. Businesses fail. Entire divisions get laid off, regardless of how brilliant any individual employee was.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of trying to figure out what the problem in the darn code is.  If you’re a one try and you’re finished type of person, it doesn’t matter how smart you are, you won’t succeed.

One comment on “More character reaction

  1. Thanks for the link! The article you wrote was fabulous and generated a huge discussion at my BNET article.

    Right now so many people are focused on protecting their children that they forget the goal of parenting is to raise adults. And adults need to learn to fail and get over it.

    Thanks again for a fabulous and insightful article.

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