The Member Engagement Committee chooses a book for a foundation-wide discussion each spring. This year’s choice is How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, written by Paul Tough.
Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control. How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories, Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people’s lives, and he provides us with new insights into how to improve the lives of children growing up in poverty.
Our discussion will feature a moderator and special guest Paula Smith, Head of School at University Child Development School, to enrich our discussion and provide perspective from a local educational institution.
The discussion will be held at Seattle Public Library, in the WaMu Foundation room, on Level 4, Room 1. WWF members and guests welcome!