Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

How College Makes or Breaks Our Kids

Interview with Patty Lindley, ParentMap, September 27, 2019

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

College shouldn’t be the only path to success

Esther Cepeda, syndicated column, September 11, 2019

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Blog Status: Quiet

Dear Readers,

As you can see, I’m no longer updating this blog with much regularity. I’m leaving it in place here on my website because it’s a useful (to me, at least) archive of posts from 2008 to 2012, mostly relating to my first book, Whatever It Takes, and the Harlem Children’s Zone.

I’m still regularly posting new information about my books, articles, and speaking engagements, but I’m posting it elsewhere. Some links for those updates:

Paul on Twitter
Paul on Facebook
Upcoming speaking engagements
Recent media coverage of How Children Succeed


Monday, September 17th, 2012

This American Life on “How Children Succeed”

This weekend the public-radio program “This American Life” devoted its full hour to “How Children Succeed.” The episode is now available for download here.

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Maclean’s Article

There’s an article by Brian Bethune on “How Children Succeed” in the new issue of Maclean’s, the Canadian weekly, featuring a photo of me in a classroom of the Montauk public school.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Pub Day!

“How Children Succeed” comes out today! Please stop by your local independent bookstore or online bookseller and pick up a copy. As well, please check out the interview I did this morning on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Finally: If you’re in New York City, please come to the bookstore event I’m doing with Ira Glass of “This American Life” tonight at 7 pm at the Barnes & Noble at 82nd and Broadway. See you there!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Globe and Mail Article

In today’s Globe and Mail, there’s an article on the front page of the Focus section by Margaret Wente about my new book, “How Children Succeed,” including a long Q&A between me and Ms. Wente.

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Bill Moyers on Times Magazine Article

Bill Moyers comments on my Times Magazine article on Roseland, poverty, and Barack Obama. More here.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

A Talk in Atlanta

On Oct. 3, I’ll be speaking in Atlanta, in the beautiful building above, as part of SCAD’s Ivy Hall Writers Series. More details on this and other talks I’ll be doing this fall can be found on the new Appearances page on my website.

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Obama/Poverty Reaction

Some reactions to my article in the Times Magazine on President Obama, Roseland, and poverty:

1. Whet Moser at makes the point that Obama’s healthcare reforms are arguably themselves an anti-poverty program (and one I didn’t give much space to in the piece).

2. Amanda Erickson at the Atlantic’s Cities blog reflects on why the Harlem Children’s Zone hasn’t been replicated more successfully. (I agree with her that Geoffrey Canada is a rare leader, but I think there are lots of other great leaders out there.)

3. Jared Bernstein weighs in on jobs, schools, and the Furman Effect.

4. And the folks at Longreads chose the article as one of the week’s best.