Books: The Brilliance Of Paul Tough's New Book Topic
Tough's new book, How Children Succeed, is on sale today, and so far so good. He's already been on NPR's Morning Edition this morning. There are already a bunch of reviews and other articles about the book, and speaking engagements lined up.
In addition to whatever substantive insights may reside on its pages, the book's real brilliance may be that it finds a way to appeal both to educators' interest in making the system work better and parents' interest in raising their kids to be happy and successful.
Lots of books address one or the other, but few really get at both -- one of several reasons that most education books (and movies, and songs and sitcoms) don't punch through to widespread public awareness.This is the same issue that reformers and reform critics face on a daily basis - how to make their ideas and interests appear to be broader and more compelling than just to a subset of areas or schools. This is also one of the reasons that mainstream movies are taken so deadly seriously.
On today's NPR segment I could see that Tough has found that sweet spot that touches on both topics. Mike Petrilli's forthcoming book might do the same, though not really narrative journalism. Other examples from the past that I can think of offhand include Nurtureshock. Are there others?