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Author will discuss non-cognitive skills, child development

Paul Tough

The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts will host author and journalist Paul Tough for a lecture and book signing Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. 

Tough will speak about his new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. The book examines the significance of non-cognitive skills like perseverance, conscientiousness and self-control in determining children’s success in academics and life, and argues that these qualities are more central to that success than more traditional measures like IQ and testing ability.

Tough has written about education, child development, poverty and politics in numerous major publications. He has worked as an editor at The New York Times Magazine and Harper’s, and as a reporter and producer for the public radio program This American Life.