For years, educators have assumed that teaching students cognitive skills like reading and math was the key to preparing them for successful lives. But new research is finding that so-called “non-cognitive” skills like self-control, persistence and curiosity may be just as important when it comes to helping children succeed.
Guest: Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. (Interviewed by Emily Hanford)
For more on persistence and grit, see Emily Hanford’s ARW program,Grit, Luck and Money: Preparing Kids for College and Getting Them Through.