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Writer on children's success to speak at GFA

Published 3:51 pm, Thursday, March 28, 2013
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The author of The New York Times best seller "How Children Succeed" will discuss why some children succeed and others fail during an appearance at Greens Farms Academy on Wednesday, April 10.

Paul Tough will speak at 7 p.m. in GFA's Bedford Gymnasium. The event is free and open to the public, GFA said.

In his book, Tough says that childhood success typically is measured by test scores, from preschool admissions to SATs. But he argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character-- skills such as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self-control, GFA said in a news release.

Tough is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a speaker on various topics including education, poverty, parenting and politics, GFA said. He also is the author of "Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America."

His appearance is part of the GFA Parents' Association's Eyes Wide Open program.

Pre-registration is not required, GFA said, but it assists planning if those intending to attend email duffyct@me.com. For directions or more information, visit www.gfacademy.org.