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Sunday, September 9, 2012

#Obama vs #Romney - #NPR 'Children Succeed' With Character, Not Test Scores

How did these two grow up?  What kind of parenting did they experience?  What kind of challenges did they face?  Does that translate into anything we should care about?

If it seems strange to you, it seems strange to me as well, to be listening to this story on NPR and then reflecting on what I know (or don't know) about these two men. What does "success" or "succeed" mean?

I wish I could embed this story but all I can do is provide part of the transcript and a link -
A child's success can't be measured in IQ scores, standardized tests or vocabulary quizzes, says author Paul Tough. Success, he argues, is about how young people build character. Tough explores this idea in his new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.
"For some people, [the] path to college is so easy that they can get out into life and they've never really been challenged," he tells NPR's David Greene. "I think they get into their 20s and 30s and they really feel lost — they feel like they never had those character-building experiences as adolescents, as kids, that really make a difference when they get to adulthood."

'Children Succeed' With Character, Not Test Scores

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