Friday, November 23, 2012

'How Children Succeed...' Less of a Mystery than We Think?

Larry James, Randy Mayeaux (who reviews our books for our Urban Engagement Book Club) and I, assisted by our Public Policy Coordinator Keilah Jacques, have just selected our books for next years' UEBC. One of the books I'm looking most forward to reading and having a conversation about is "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character", by Paul Tough.

Tough, a journalist and former editor for the New York Times and Harper's Magazine, interviewed about the book and it looks to be a very important read that reminds us of what we already know: there's more to the capacity of our children to learn than I.Q. and test scores. Equally, if not more important is the determination to succeed, the willingness to work hard and character that enables them to persevere through life's challenges. Of course we need a community of caring adults to nurture, challenge and support children with these qualities, but the book challenges the notion that we need to consign our children to dead end lives.

CitySquare's public policy focus on education will be an important one. I'll release a list of the books and when they'll be reviewed soon. In the meantime, you can get a jump start by reading "How Children Succeed..." ahead of time and preparing to be a part of the community conversation afterward. 

Urban Engagement Book Club is held on the first Thursday of each month from 12:00-1:00 pm at the Highland Park United Methodist Church. Each third Thursday we meet at First United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas at the same time. 

See you there!

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