For instance, persistence and delayed gratification are key elements which are needed for children to navigate the academic regimen to arrive at good career choices.
Tough believes that there are no shortcuts to success in raising children. Resilience, resourcefulness and true grit are important conditions precedent to success.
These traits measure a child's ability to cope with failure, develop alternative strategies and arrive at alternate solution sets to life's continuing challenges. The book points out that conscientiousness is a good predictor for desired outcomes like graduating college.
Tough points out that it's the bodily reaction to stress rather than the stress itself that is most problematic for many people. In addition, mental contrasts or pictures are important to articulate choices among a plethora of alternatives.
The author explains that education opens doors for people by developing the IQ to the fullest potential. In practice, elements of the IQ are enhanced by continued hard work at solving unstructured problems and discussing issues with multi-dimensional implications and possibilities.
How Children Succeed by Paul Tough is an important educational resource on child development which every parent and educator should read. Educators need to read this book carefully because academic success has a considerable behavioral component which transcends what teachers teach in classrooms.
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