Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Wilson Quarterly Review

In the Spring issue of the Wilson Quarterly, Tom Toch reviews “Work Hard. Be Nice.,” “Sweating the Small Stuff” and “Whatever It Takes”:

Paul Tough argues compellingly in Whatever It Takes that new school models cannot by themselves transform urban education. A writer and editor at The New York Times Magazine, Tough tells the story of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit agency working with 7,000 kids in 97 square blocks of central Harlem. To Geoffrey Canada, a product of the South Bronx who escaped to Long Island and then to Bowdoin College in Maine before founding the organization, “it wasn’t enough to help out in just one part of a child’s life: [Harlem’s Children’s Zone] would need to combine education, social, and medical services.”


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