Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America

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By (author) Paul Tough

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  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Format: Hardback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2008
  • ISBN 10: 0618569898
  • ISBN 13: 9780618569892
  • Illustrations note: black & white plates
  • Sales rank: 922,850

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What would it take? That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children--not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children's Zone, a ninety-seven-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America. His conclusion: if you want poor kids to be able to compete with their middle-class peers, you need to change everything in their lives--their schools, their neighborhoods, even the child-rearing practices of their parents. Whatever It Takes is a tour de force of reporting, an inspired portrait not only of Geoffrey Canada but also of the parents and children in Harlem who are struggling to better their lives, often against great odds. Carefully researched and deeply affecting, this is a dispatch from inside the most daring and potentially transformative social experiment of our time.

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"As Paul Tough shows, Canada is a man...who knows what it takes to ensure that every child has a fair shot in life."--Bill Clinton "Paul Tough shows, from the inside, how the nation's most important work gets done." - Adrian Nicole Leblanc "Powerful and hopeful, disturbing and daring, it's one important book. Essential even."--Alex Kotlowitz "Paul Tough takes on one of the biggest questions going: how do you teach people to be successful?"--Stephen Dubner "[A] moving account of . . . giving Harlem's children access to the same dreams as children in New York's most privileged neighborhoods."--Marian Wright Edelman "[E]asily the most compelling and potentially the most important book on the problem of poverty in urban America in years."--Michael Pollan "[A] must-read for any American committed to solving our nation's greatest social injustice"--Wendy Kopp, Teach for America "The question of whether these terribly disadvantaged kids will f