Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

WYPR Baltimore

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.

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