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Whatever it takes : Geoffrey Canada's quest to change Harlem and America

by Tough, Paul.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection HC79.P63 T68 2008
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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Canada has captured national attention with his bold effort to offer a cradle-to-college program for thousands of underprivileged children in Harlem. Tough, a New York Times Magazine writer, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the dramatic ups and downs of the Harlem Children's Zone, a $58 million project encompassing 97 city blocks and serving 7,000 children. Tough details Canada's own personal struggle out of poverty as a motivating factor for getting into the kid-saving business. Canada devised a conveyor belt from preschool through elementary and middle schools in Promise Academy, offering enrichment programs for children and parents to compensate for their disadvantages compared to middle-class families. Tough focuses on individual families and staff to tell a compelling story of a neighborhood fighting mightily to provide its children with the educational benefits of more well-to-do communities. Tough also views Harlem Children's Zone in the broader context of raging debate among academics and economists from James Heckman to Glen Loury regarding causes and cures of urban poverty and low school performance. This is an engrossing look at a visionary man and a bold experiment that has caught the eye of a wide range of politicians, including presidential candidate Barack Obama, who has promised to replicate the program throughout the U.S. if elected.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "New York Times journalist Tough profiles educational visionary Geoffrey Canada, whose Harlem Children's Zone--currently serving more than 7,000 children and encompassing 97 city blocks--represents an audacious effort to end poverty within underserved communities. Canada's radical experiment is predicated upon changing everything in these communities--creating an interlocking web of services targeted at the poorest and least likely to succeed children: establishing programs to prepare and support parents, a demanding k-8 charter school and a range of after-school programs for high school students. Tough adeptly integrates the intensely personal stories of the staff, students and teachers of the Children's Zone with expert opinions and the broiling debates over poverty, race and education. The author's admiration for Canada and his social experiment is obvious yet tempered by journalistic restraint as he summarizes the current understanding of the causes of poverty and academic underperformance--and their remedies. Smoothly narrated, affecting and heartening, this book gives readers a solid look at the problems facing poor communities and their reformers, as well as good cause to be optimistic about the future. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Canada, Geoffrey.
Poverty -- New York (State) -- New York -- Prevention.
African American children -- Education -- New York (State) -- New York.
African American children -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions.
Poor -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions.
Community and school -- New York (State) -- New York.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Economic conditions.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Social conditions.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Co.,2008
Language English
Description 296 pages, [8 pages of plates] : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [276]-285) and index.
ISBN 9780618569892 (hardcover)
0618569898 (hardcover)
9780547247960 (pbk.)
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