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Paul Tough is the author of three previous books, including the best-selling How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, a regular contributor to This näytä lisää American Life, and an acclaimed public speaker on education, inequality, and success. For more information, visit paultough.com. näytä vähemmän

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Who Needs College? (2019) 1 kappale

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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015 (2015) — Avustaja — 106 kappaletta

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Kanoninen nimi
Tough, Paul
Canada (birth); USA (residence)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
David McCormick
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Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about education, child development, and poverty. His journalism has also appeared in the New Yorker and GQ and on the public-radio program This American Life.



Impressed by Tara Westover's book, "Educated", I checked her Twitter account shortly after she'd posted a recommendation for this book, so I checked it out from Overdrive. Yep! I liked it too!!!
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TraSea | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 29, 2024 |
I didn't learn much from this, having already read/heard about both Dweck and Duckworth's research fairly extensively. There were a few interesting case studies, but the chess section was pretty uninteresting, and the behavior of the chess teacher and her justification for why it's ok for so many smart people to squander so much time and attention on chess when there are so many pressing problems in the world was completely unpalatable to me. (Note: playing for fun and enjoying analyzing games or even playing in tournaments as a side interest seems totally fine to me. Devoting your whole life to it and never tapping in to your potential to do real good in the world doesn't.)… (lisätietoja)
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stardustwisdom | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 31, 2023 |
3.5 stars

Tough writes about George Canada, a former teacher who wants to transform residents of the Harlem neighborhood into middle-class Americans. He tries to do this with his nonprofit Harlem Children's Zone, offering social service-type help at various life stages, trying to connect the programs as much as possible.

While the author clearly respects and admires Canada, he seemed to me to be controlling, arrogant, and impatient. I wasn't impressed at all with the way he treated his staff or students.

Canada has a clear savior mentality and refuses to acknowledge that individuals have any control over their own situations (for example, that his teenage students have a responsibility to study in order to learn), which ultimately is disempowering, not helpful.

His dream that everyone enter the middle-class via college seemed so narrow and ignorant to me. His idea of success just isn't the same as mine, I guess.

Most of the book focuses on Promise Academy, the charter school Canada starts. His solution to poor public school performance is a lot of extra classroom time (10-12 hours a day, M-F, plus a few hours on Saturdays, which is far longer than full time jobs for adults!), and teaching to the test so that kids can "succeed" within the system. This method is incredibly soul-sucking and is a reason why I love homeschooling so much. (Less time in a classroom, more time in the 'real' world is closer to my educational philosophy.)

"Baby college," a nine-week parenting class, was a good idea. Like many people running large operations, though, Canada and his team seemed to have sketchy ideas on appropriate budgeting… I didn't get the impression that the results they saw really justified the high cost of the program.

I would have liked to hear more about the other HCZ programs, and I'd be curious to see any new stats since this book was published 12 years ago. Have these programs realized any significant results?

This was an interesting and thought provoking read mostly because I disagreed with Canada on so many things!
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RachelRachelRachel | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 21, 2023 |
Paul Tough gets real about higher education in the US.

I found this book fascinating. Paul Tough's signature interlinking of academic study findings with journalism's personal stories really works for me. A lot of what he calls out as indisputable findings here are results that I had understood to still be in question (like that top tier institutions really do do much better for their graduates than their high-mid-tier competitors -- take that, Jay Mathews! -- and that the kids who are advantaged by standardized tests tend to be whiter, richer, more male, and less likely to do well in college than the equal sized group of kids who are disadvantaged by their test scores). Lots of chew on here; I'll be recommending it to all my educator friends and anyone else interested in social mobility and in education.… (lisätietoja)
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pammab | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 26, 2023 |



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