Paul Tough's How Children Succeed Is One of Slate's Best Books of 2012
Tough also authored the book Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America, where he tackles the challenge of poverty head-on. He provides lessons learned while working with the Harlem Children's Zone as a means to combat poverty across the nation. Some of these lessons overlap with How Children Succeed. He explains that children who come from disadvantages situations may not have the same opportunity to learn the vital character skills needed, and institutional changes must be made so that these children are given the same support and encouragement as more privileged children. He also writes for New York Times Magazine and contributes to This American Life. He incorporates his entire body of work into his speeches, where he shares his fascinating findings on learning. He argues that we need to change the mindset of the traditional education system to focus more on character building—and less on test results.