|If you live anywhere near the intersection of education and underserved kids, you’ve already probably heard a lot about the new Paul Tough book, “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.” In it, Tough, a former New York Times Magazine editor and a longtime contributor to This American Life, takes on a current and vital issue: the crucial role of non-cognitive factors in learning, particularly for kids in low-income communities. It’s an area where we’ve seen important leadership from KIPP, which earns a chapter in the book, in which we explored at the NewSchools Summit this year.I’ve been reading an early copy, and while I don’t entirely agree with the either-or framing of character versus academics, it’s a terrific read. I encourage you to order it here.You can also check out the good reviews of the book in the New York Times and the Washington Monthly, and Tough’s own piece in the Wall Street Journal. Also, check out NPR-cousin American RadioWorks’ page on the topic, which focuses on KIPP-cousin YES Prep.
I’ll be updating this post after I hear Tough speak on Friday.