Paul Tough popularized the term “grit” in his best-selling book How Children Succeed, but EduShyster decided to avoid that topic in this interview.


Tough has done something close to a 180. In his new book Helping Children Succeed, he admits that grit can’t be taught.


Instead, he reviews the latest research on child development and concludes that what matters most is attachments, human attachments.


He recommends programs that engage children with caring adults, and he is critical of the rote learning that now predominates in so many test-obsessed schools.


EduShyster confided to me, Paul sounds a lot like you in Reign of Error. That’s a compliment. His previous book was one of their favorites. I hope they read this one too.