But a new book highlights the programs that are making an impact.
Helping Children Succeed (Will Require Doing Pretty Much the Opposite of Just About Everything We're Doing Now)
This is a conversation with Paul Tough about his new book "Helping Children Succeed" -- which you should really read, even if the whole "grit" thing drives you bonkers.
Teens face a variety of complex issues with the transition from childhood to adulthood. When these issues are compounded by perceived scarcity, whether in the form of poverty, abuse or lack of a nurturing support system, it can be even more challenging for teens to generate or maintain their self-esteem and find their way forward.
KIPP Schools, Success Academies, Democracy Prep and any number of other "no excuses" schools are not developing true grit and resilience other than the numb grit required to endure humiliation and the resilience necessary to get up and go to school every day.
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.
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.
Recommendations from the Best K-12 Teachers in the Country Their original list contained over 55 books. Last week, I sent
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.
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.
Mansfield Park begins with a question that is still depressingly familiar. What can be done to help a disadvantaged child?