KUNM

Poverty's Impact On Child Development

Sep 15, 2014

Fri. 8/1 8 am:  Our guest this month is Paul Tough, who has written extensively about education, child development and poverty, and is the author of How Children Succeed. There could not be a more important subject for New Mexico, which just fell from 46th to 49th in overall child welfare – only Mississippi fares worse on indicators such as high school dropouts, concentrated childhood poverty, and teen drug abuse, etc. Our fundamental question is something you may have wondered about, why do some children succeed while others fail? The school system’s answer seems to be “test scores”.  But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.  Paul will introduce listeners to a new generation of researchers and educators who rely on scientific studies to develop innovative interventions that allow children who grow up in the most painful circumstances to achieve amazing things. So please join host Stephen Spitz as we explore how and why children succeed. Produced with the assistance of Joe Green and Jefferson White.