Why do some children succeed while others fail?
The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs.
But in HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED, Paul Tough argues for a very... read more
“What I asked him, was so fun about a year of complete immersion in chess? "It was mostly the feeling of being intellectually productive," he replied. "So much of the time I feel like I'm not really challenging myself or pushing myself, just kind of wasting my brain. I never feel like that when I'm studying or playing or teaching chess.”Matan Prilleltensky
“Randolph...made a persuasive case that failure--or at least the real risk of failure--could often be a crucial step on the road to success. Randolph was worried...that his mostly affluent students, caught up in the modern American meritocratic machine of private schools, private tutors, Ivy League colleges, and safe careers, were being shortchanged by their families and their school and even their culture by not being given enough genuine opportunities to overcome adversity and thus develop character. "The idea of building grit and building self-control is that you get that through failure," Randolph told me. "And in most highly academic environments in the United States, no one fails anything."”Paul Tough
“There are fewer entrepreneurs graduating from our best colleges these days; fewer iconoclasts; fewer artists; fewer everything, in fact, except investment bankers and management consultants.”Paul Tough
“The typical contemporary Harvard undergraduate, Kwak wrote, "is driven more by fear of not being a success than by a concrete desire to do anything in particular."”James Kwak
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