Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Archive for 2008

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Philadelphia Reading and Talk

I know, February seems a long way off. But for the record: I’ll be reading from “Whatever It Takes” and answering questions at the University of Pennsylvania bookstore in Philadelphia at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24. It’s at 3601 Walnut St.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

To the Point audio

Audio of today’s discussion is now online. Click “listen.” We start about nine minutes in.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Smart City Radio

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be on Smart City Radio, a weekly public-radio news program, talking with host Carol Coletta about Whatever It Takes. As the Smart City web site puts it:

What would it take to change the lives of poor children? Not one by one, but in big numbers, and in a big way. That’s the question that led Geoffrey Canada to create the Harlem Children’s Zone, a place to test new and controversial ideas about poverty and education. We’ll speak with author and journalist Paul Tough about his experience writing his book about the Harlem Children’s Zone, and the future of this innovative experiment.

The audio is now online here.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Jay Mathews Review

Jay Mathews, education columnist for the Washington Post, reviews “Whatever It Takes”:

Paul Tough has devoted several years to writing about poverty, but much of the time he is really writing about schools. This is apparent in his insightful book “Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America.” You don’t see the words “schools” or “education” in the title, but be assured this is one of the best books ever written about how poverty influences learning, and vice versa.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Geoffrey Canada and Education’s Future

Jay Mathews, Washington Post, December 19, 2008

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Has Barack Obama Split the Difference on Education Reform?

To The Point with Warren Olney, KCRW Santa Monica, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Education Equity Conference Video

Now online: video of my talk in November at the Campaign for Educational Equity symposium, at Teachers College in New York City.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

To the Point

On Friday I’ll be on To the Point, a news talk program broadcast nationally on public radio, discussing education politics and the choice of Arne Duncan as education secretary. My fellow guests are Randi Weingarten, Rick Hess and Joe Williams. As the show’s website explains:

Barack Obama has picked a secretary of education who’s endorsed both sides of the raging debate over how to improve American schools. Will he become an agent of change or will splitting the difference reinforce the status quo?  Why is Obama so focused on early childhood education?

Check here for stations and times.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Canada Does Colbert

Geoffrey Canada on last night’s Colbert Report:

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

O Magazine review

Now online: a brief review of Whatever It Takes from the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine:

Paul Tough’s Whatever It Takes (Houghton Mifflin) brings you inside the Promise Academy and into the mind of a visionary who has known failure (his school continues to struggle), yet has the nerve to keep the future squarely in view.