How Children Succeed By Paul Tough Analysis

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Guiting Xu
ENGL 105
Prof. Murphy

Teach Character in School
IQ and standardized tests measure students’ cognitive skills. However, test scores and IQ are not predictive of success later in life. I read a book; "How Children Succeed" is written by Paul Tough. Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character. Non-cognitive skills are traits and skills that help students facilitate success in school, and non-cognitive skills can be intentionally taught, intentionally practiced, and intentionally mastered. In other words, non-cognitive skills are learnable habits, so they are not inborn traits. Moreover, non-cognitive skills are important for student outcomes because the teacher plays an important role in improving
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One of the character traits that emerges as a significant predictor of success isn 't social intelligence, isn 't good looks and physical health, and isn 't IQ; it is grit. In Tough’s book, he discusses that grit affects the performance of students. Furthermore, Angela Lee Duckworth studies intangible concepts such as grit to determine how they might predict academic success. Tough shows, “At the national Spelling Bee, Duckworth found that children with high grit scores were more likely survive to the later rounds.” (75) As Duckworth realized, children with high grit scores can survive because grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals. For education, passion is also having stamina. Students should learn grit at school because passion from grit is sticking with your future academics, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit means learning like a marathon. Passion will allow you to achieve your goals while grit is the strong side of person. Students need grit to help them keep working on their education goal, then their goal is possible to come true. In other words, the teacher needs to be gritty about getting our children grittier because students need more passion to reach their goals. I believe students with grit have a great passion for …show more content…
When I was a child, I was addicted to orchestral music, and I loved the sound from the flute. I think the flute performs the most wonderful music in the world. Afterward, I started to learn how to play the flute. Producing a sound from the flute can be a little tricky, so you should practice the correct blowing method first before you attempt to play any specific notes, and that’s also why I need more time to practice performing the flute. I spent two hours on practicing the flute a day, and practicing made me lose two hours to play with my friends. I had to resist the temptation from my friends and keep practicing the flute. Even though I was still young, I learned how be self-controlled in school, and used self-control in practicing flute. After few years, I got in the orchestra, which represents my city, and that is great validation and encouragement for me. Self-control helps me concentrate on practicing the flute. Due to all my practicing, I won selection against hundreds of people. Absolutely, self- control, which was learned in school, made me become a good flute

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