Paul Tough on Education



The State of Education in Nebraska caught up with best-selling writer and speaker Paul Tough on March 19, 2014 when he was keynote speaker for the Midlands Mentoring Partnership's Youth Development Summit and Awards Luncheon at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

As a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, Paul Tough has researched  and written on education, parenting, poverty, and politics. He took time to sit down with us to discuss several innovative approaches to education that he has been researching for his books: "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" and "Whatever It takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America".




In his book, "Whatever It takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America", Paul describes the unique set of programs, a "conveyor belt" of supports, that start at birth and run through graduation. The Harlem Children's Zone project mixes social services with educational outreach.In his book, "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character", Paul talks about getting away from thinking that what is important can be measured in tests and that those tests are the only things that matter. Instead he thinks that schools need to increase non-cognitive character skills, such as grit, curiosity, and self-control.
Paul discusses the importance of the role of parents in their children's education and how communities need to be involved in supporting that role.
Chess teacher Elizabeth Spiegel's tough coaching at a Brooklyn middle school helps children learn how to deal with failure.
Chicago's One Goal program preps high-poverty, first-generation college students.Paul gives advice about in-school practices and about involving the community in educating our children.




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