Paul Tough Gives Portland Talk on How Children Succeed
The Portland Public Schools is co-sponsoring a talk by Paul Tough, author of “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.”
The talk will take place on November 7 at 7 p.m. in Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. Tickets are free but reservations are required. Reserve a spot.
Tough is a journalist for the “New York Times Magazine” and “The New Yorker” and a regular contributor to the National Public Radio show, “This American Life.” In his recently published book, he argues that character traits such as perseverance and optimism matter more than intelligence in determining whether children succeed.
The book profiles several young people trying to overcome challenges such as growing up in poverty. Tough draws on research in the fields of medicine, economics, psychology and education.
Tough’s previous work includes “Whatever It Takes,” a book about Geoffrey Canada’s effort to improve education in Harlem.
The Portland talk is part of The Telling Room’s Super Famous Writers Series. In addition to the Portland Public Schools and The Telling Room, co-sponsors include Breakwater School's Parent and Professional Enrichment Program, USM's Department of Teacher Education, Portland Education Foundation, Longfellow Books, Friends School of Portland, Olympia Companies and Hilton Garden Portland Downtown Waterfront.