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

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    Paul Tough is an editor at the New York Times Magazine and one of America’s foremost writers on poverty, education, and the achievement gap. His reporting on Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone originally appeared as a Times Magazine cover story.
    What would it take?

    That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor childrennot 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 livestheir 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 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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    ISBN 9780547247960
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness
    Format Paperback
    Pages 310
    Publisher Date 2009-09-10 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Mariner Books
    Copyright Year 2008
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.68 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Tough, Paul
    Country of Origin United States

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