A few years ago, Paul Tough wrote a book about new 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 Wednesday to explain his theory of helping children succeed. (Rebroadcast)
Paul Tough is the author of the books How Children Succeed [Indiebound|Amazon|Audible] and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America [Indiebound|Amazon|Audible]. 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|Audible].