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  • Published: 26 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473538368
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

Helping Children Succeed

What Works and Why

A handbook to guide parents and teachers through the science of helping children succeed

In his international bestseller How Children Succeed, Paul Tough introduced us to research showing that personal qualities like perseverance, self-control and conscientiousness play a critical role in children's success. Now, in Helping Children Succeed, he outlines the practical steps that adults - from parents and teachers to policymakers and philanthropists - can take to improve the chances of every child, however adverse their circumstances. And he mines the latest research in psychology and neuroscience to show how creating the right environments, both at home and at school, can instil personal qualities vital for future success.

  • Published: 26 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473538368
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

About the author

Paul Tough

Paul Tough is the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America and the author of a series of acclaimed articles on character and childhood in the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker. He is a contributing editor to the New York Times Magazine and a frequent contributor to the public-radio program This American Life. He lives with his wife and son in New York.

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Praise for Helping Children Succeed

Around the world, countries are embracing early-childhood projects, opening snazzy centres and dispatching home visitors. But too many projects are of poor quality. Mr Tough shows that it need not be this way.

The Economist

[A book] you really should read.

Huffington Post

Packed with . . . research-based insights into addressing students’ core social and emotional needs. For the past decade or more Tough has been one of the pre-eminent reporters translating education research for public consumption. His new, slim book is no exception, and it contains some surprises for fans of his previous work.


This book upends everything we thought we knew about where grit comes from and how to get it.


Tough is adept at translating academic jargon into precise, accessible prose . . . Tough promotes [his argument] so persuasively.

New York Times

A thought-provoking new book . . . An important step in the right direction.

Psychology Today

When author Paul Tough released How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character in 2012, it spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller lists and was translated into 27 languages . . . Now he’s back with a new book that builds on his previous work. Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why explains how parents, teachers and administrators can create environments to foster qualities that lead to success.

Knowledge@Wharton – The Magazine of Wharton Business School

Tough mixes hard truths and hopefulness . . . Tough offers limited proof that early stress can be overcome and that kids who get care when they are still very young can enter kindergarten at the same level as better-off kids.

New Yorker

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