Thursday, September 27, 2012

How Children Succeed Author Visits BPL October 2

What makes a successful child? Good SAT scores? High grades? Optimism? Perseverance?

New York education journalist Paul Tough digs deep to find the answers.
On Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m., he will share his research and thoughts during a free lecture in the Arrington Auditorium of the downtown Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place.

In his latest book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character, Tough argues that there's more to success than a high IQ. He suggests that discipline, an adventurous spirit and determination are just as important, if not more important, than performing well on standardized tests.

Tough argues for a different understanding of the idea of character. He contends that parents, schools, coaches, teachers and the community have a responsibility to help children develop their character strengths as well as their math skills. He tells amazing stories of how community members and children work to avoid failure and push toward a brighter future.

The Birmingham Public Library, the Alabama Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Desert Island Supply Co. are sponsoring his appearance. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call the library at 226-3690.

To learn more about Tough, go to his website at
On Twitter: @paultough

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