One of my favorite authors for non-fiction is Malcom Gladwell; I find his research and works to be quite fascinating. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough caught my attention after reading Gladwell’s Outliers.
The title caught my attention because as a teacher I constantly strive to improve upon my craft: I want to ensure that I am using best practices and that my methods are effective. Moreover, as a parent, I’m interested in current research on this topic.
Tough’s book is written in a similar style to Gladwell’s books and details the success of the KIPP charter schools. Furthermore, How Children Succeed explains the importance of effort and character to long-term success. As a teacher, I’ve long known how effort directly correlates with a child’s academic success, so needless to say, I was interested in the studies conducted in this book.
Although the book is impactful for teachers, I also strongly recommend it for parents. It’s an eye-opener to the importance of teaching your child stick-t0-it-iveness and supporting your child work through difficult circumstances rather than trying to solve the problems for them.