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Many people agree that there are problems with our education system. The big question is - what do we do about it? It's the question we're asking in our series "Improving Utah Schools." We'll look at the world of ideas for creating better education for our kids and ask what can be done to make those ideas a reality.Image by Derek Baird/Creative Commons via flickr

Helping Children Succeed

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A few years ago, Paul Tough wrote a book about research showing that character traits like grit, self-control, and optimism are critical to a child’s success. Tough’s latest book builds on that research by explaining how to put it into practice. He argues that a child’s home and school environments are the principle barriers to his or her success. Improve the environment, Tough says, and you can improve the child. He joins us Monday to explain his theory of helping children succeed. (Rebroadcast)

Paul Tough is the author of the books How Children Succeed and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to This American Life. His latest book is called Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why [Amazon|Indiebound].