Perseverance, curiosity, and self-control, Tough argues, are qualities that help define the boundaries of a child's ability to utilize the skills they learn in the real world. These qualities matter the most because they help children push through tough times and find the motivation necessary to set and achieve life goals. It’s about time we focused on these attributes, and not just blindly adhering to standardized tests. Thankfully, Tough, who has been on a whirlwind media tour (including a nice visit to Lavin New York!) notes these characteristics can be augmented by changing—smartly, and incrementally—how we raise our kids, and run our schools. We need to move past the noise, and focus on the things in the education system that truly measure the value of what matters to the future success of our children. Tough’s How Children Succeed is a brave, optimistic, and practical first step.
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