Author Paul Tough spent time in some of the roughest neighborhoods of Chicago. He was watching young men and women who found a way to overcome unimaginable challenges. One teenager who caught his eye was named Keitha. She was sexually abused by a relative as a girl, fought a lot in school and was on the verge of dropping out. But then she entered an intensive mentoring program that changed her life.
And success is what Paul Tough delves into in his new book “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.” He argues that success is not always about IQ scores or standardized tests or the fattest vocabularies. It’s often about the ways young people build character.