NPR: In his new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character, journalist Paul Tough argues that a child’s success should not be measured by standardized tests or IQ scores. Rather, it should be measured by how he or she builds non-cognitive skills, such as persistence, self-control, curiosity and self-confidence. In an interview this week with NPR’s David Greene, Tough talked about how people must face and overcome challenges when they’re young, otherwise they’re going to grow up and feel like they’ve missed out on vital, character-building experiences. Overcoming challenges not only helps us prepare to achieve material success, Tough said, but psychological success as well. An excerpt of How Children Succeed is available on NPR’s website.
Grio: Back-to-school season is officially in full swing, and young people across the country are hopping on the bus and heading back to the classroom. Unfortunately, thousands of teenage moms and dads will not be doing the same this fall. Although federal law prevents discrimination against teen parents in school, they are still often faced with stigma and derision by classmates, teachers and the school system. The negative atmosphere often deters teen parents from finishing school.
Communities In Schools affiliates offer teen parenting programs and other resources, such as food and clothes for children and access to affordable daycare, to help young parents continue on the path to graduation.
GOOD: Trying to get back into study mode after a long summer away from the classroom? How about some music to get you into the learning groove? A few weeks ago, GOOD asked readers for songs that help them focus when they’re getting schoolwork done, and compiled the results into a fantastic, free playlist on Spotify. The selection ranges from tunes about studying, to tracks that teach facts, to mellow, meditative songs. Check out the full playlist on GOOD’s website. What kind of music do you listen to when you’re studying? Let us know in the comments!