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How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
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it was amazing
bookshelves: kindle, non-fiction

The fact that I found myself tearing up while reading about a young student getting reprimanded for chewing gum can be attributed to the excellent writing in this book. When I read nonfiction I usually like to take it in small doses while I simultaneously read a well spun story. This was not the case with this interesting and inspiring work. I could not put it down.

I feel passionate about education and this book sure had me thinking about the way we are teaching our kids from every socioeconomic background. In one section of the book a group of educators came up with a list of a set of strengths that were, "especially likely to predict life satisfaction and high achievement," they are:

grit
self-control (remember the marshmallow test?)
zest
social intelligence
gratitude
optimism
curiousity

A school in Chicago went so far as to give students a GPA as well as a character report. There is so much good stuff in this book, I think I might have to buy it!
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Reading Progress

December 11, 2012 – Shelved
June 5, 2013 – Started Reading
June 14, 2013 – Shelved as: kindle
June 14, 2013 – Shelved as: non-fiction
June 14, 2013 – Finished Reading

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Anita I think that is my highest praise also--I went out and bought the book after reading it.


Erin I wish I'd bought it too. It got me reading several other books, like Learned Optimism which taught me so much. This is a life changing book!


Lisa I have Learned Optimism and the other one Erin read on my to-read list. We are going to read this one for our book club in the Fall. It should be perfect for back-to-school.


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