Yesterday on “Midday with Dan Rodricks,” on WYPR, I talked about Whatever It Takes and the idea of replicating the Harlem Children’s Zone in Baltimore.
As Rodricks summarized on his blog:
The Harlem Children’s Zone is a groundbreaking initiative to help impoverished neighborhoods with high crime and low levels of academic achievement. Could it work in Baltimore? We’ll talk with Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, and with Matthew Joseph, Executive Director of Advocates for Children and Youth, who would like to see taxpayer resources go into a Harlem Children’s Zone-like project here. Done well over time, it could save hundreds of millions in government social and justice expenditures.
Here’s the audio.