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Paul Tough

Getting School Discipline Right by Attending to "Non-Cognitive" Skills

Elaine Weiss | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

The shift toward restorative justice and similarly supports-based disciplinary policies is encouraging. We must build on that momentum to make nurturing non-cognitive skills a core component of policy, rather than the afterthought it currently is.

Putting the Brakes on Adolescent Impulse: The Age of Opportunity

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Linda Flanagan

Adolescence begins with puberty and ends, ambiguously, with the makings of adult independence: marriage, financial self-sufficiency, employment.

The Problem With Percentages and Education: Which Students Merit Our Attention?

Karen Gross | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Karen Gross

The national focus on elite and other selective post-secondary institutions obscures the enormity of the positive work other institutions provide and undermines the valuable information they can share about successful strategies for first-generation college students.

18 Books to Inform, Deepen and Transform Your Understanding of Education in America

Lena Tabori | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Lena Tabori

Recommendations from the Best K-12 Teachers in the Country Last Fall, when we were publishing Katrina Fried's brilliant book, American Teacher, Heroe...

Mentoring: Unlocking Young People's Potential

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Building a relationship with a caring adult is the foundation for many great things. Kids who are at risk desperately need the sense of security that high-quality mentoring can offer. It's about fostering trust and opening up a young person's mind to possibility.

Why You Need Grit, and Then Some: The One Thing Standing in the Way of Your Success

Juliet Asante | Posted 12.06.2013 | Impact
Juliet Asante

I spent my week with How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough. I do think every parent should read this book. It was recommended to me by the principal of my daughter's school. I am definitely glad HE read it.

This Is Your Brain on Test Scores

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Sam Chaltain

This is not the first time the Times has uncritically conflated something as comprehensive as "a better education" with something as singular as student reading and math scores. I imagine it won't be the last.

What's Poverty Got to Do With Education?

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

The effects of poverty shape long-term health and development in profound ways. When children are exposed to adverse experiences -- physical, emotional, or substance abuse, mental illness, violence-- their systems are stressed to the max.

Why the School Turnaround Experiment Is Failing

John Thompson | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
John Thompson

For the last 20 years, however, non-educators have rolled the dice in the quest for "transformative change." They have tried to blow up "the status quo" in the faith that something better would naturally emerge.

This Revolution Is Not Being Televised

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

There's an important new consensus developing around how people learn -- and a missed opportunity about how to start applying that knowledge in schools. We'd be wise to pay closer attention to both trends.

Jane Austen Weekly: Child Poverty in Mansfield Park

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

Mansfield Park begins with a question that is still depressingly familiar. What can be done to help a disadvantaged child?

Saki Knafo

Obama's Silence On Poverty: Moral Failure Or Political Necessity?

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

A little over five years ago, in a poor neighborhood of Washington, a promising presidential candidate delivered what was widely considered an extraor...

Let's Take Life-Skills Learning Seriously

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

By rallying around the importance of teaching life skills to our youth we can all say we're for kids. But we're all just kidding ourselves yet again if we end up putting key intellectual qualities in a "soft skills" education bucket.

The Toxic Toll of Child Poverty

Elaine Weiss | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

It shouldn't take a teachers' strike to remind us that cutting school nurses and social workers, substituting test-prep for afterschool enrichment, and making classes so large that teachers cannot have individual time with students, are the worst education policy choices we could make.

The 'Grit' Factor

David Allyn | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
David Allyn

The stereotype of poor, academically-lagging student is a dangerous one.

How Children Succeed: An Interview with Paul Tough

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I wonder if our adult kids' pervasive fear of failure hasn't returned them to their childhood bedrooms, dissatisfied and unemployed. Yes, it's a tough economy out there, but have we made them afraid to take chances, to bypass meaningful engagement and social justice opportunities?

The Unsung Heroes of the Chicago Strike

John Thompson | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Whether you agree or disagree with the contemporary market-driven, test-driven "reform" movement, it would be hard to deny that it has benefited from the best public relations campaign that money can buy.

How Children Succeed

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

What do you think? Do you and/or your children have what it takes to succeed?

Why Obama Is Losing the Battle Against Poverty

John Thompson | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
John Thompson

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhy did President Obama ignore an overwhelming body of education research?

Paul Tough: The Obama Administration's Big Missed Opportunity

| Posted 11.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. What if much of what we think we know about success is wrong? What if the metrics we use i...

Success in Parenting -- Avoiding the Happiness and Self-Esteem Traps

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 09.04.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Adults -- teachers and parents -- need to help children understand that making mistakes is a normal part of learning.

The Damage Done by Special Education Disparities

John Thompson | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Before choice, I would not have understood what it was like to teach a class where eight to ten kids had been traumatized so badly that their cognitive functions had been altered. After a decade of choice, that became my new normal.

Fail Thee Well

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.20.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

What if the surest indicator of your future success -- of living a happy, meaningful, and productive life -- is how good you are at failing?

How Can President Obama, Diane Ravitch, and Paul Tough All Be Right on Education?

Bill Tucker | Posted 09.07.2011 | Education
Bill Tucker

If you factor in where students start, Bruce Randolph is doing an exceptional job. And, while Tough is right that students deserve better, Bruce Randolph appears to be part of the solution, not the problem.

The Stress of Talking About Race Is Nothing in Comparison to the Stress Imposed on Poor Kids

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Talking about race should be made easier by acknowledging the obvious fact that structural inequities are far more damaging than culture in perpetuating generational poverty.