How Children Succeed

September 28th, 2012

Why is it that poor children seem to do consistently worse academically than middle class kids?  On the other hand, why do some wealthy children fail or breakdown while occasionally kids from the mean streets of urban neighborhood, can reach monumental heights of success?

Is it just IQ or temperament, or is there something else? Something that has to do with the innate character and perseverance of the child?

Paul Tough, who introduced many to the work of Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children's Zone and who is a contributing editor the NY Times Magazine, has spent a year reporting on what makes kids succeed and fail in school and in life. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, is the result of that effort.

My conversation with Paul Tough: