Hidden Power of Character


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.