How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character


The book by Paul Tough titled ‘How Children Succeed’ reveals to its readers the reasons why some children succeed and some children fail.
The book introduces the readers to a new generation of researchers and educators who are using the tools of science to reveal the mystery behind character. Through their stories and the stories of the children the researchers and educators are trying to help, they reveal how the use of tools of science can transform young people’s lives.
Through his book, Paul traces the link between childhood stress and life success and emphasis on children who generally grew up in poverty. He gives the reader new insights into how to help children growing up in poverty. Through research and experiments, scientists have understood how poverty not only affects the lives of children but also affect the physical development of the brain.
Paul discusses how stress and body’s reaction to stress can affect a child’s ability to learn, health and happiness. The book gives its reader the detailed innovative programme and stories of children, some of who fought to get to college, become expert chess players or succeeded in other ways.
Generally, it is believed that IQ test is the most commonly used parameter to measure skills which will lead children to the path of success. The book leaves aside most discussions about intelligence as a source of student success and, turns the focus of its reader towards other personality traits which includes grit, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude and optimism.
The book will not only give engaging content, but it will change the perspective of the reader towards childhood. The book is suitable for both teachers and parents.