Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Archive for 2008

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Chicago event

Signing a book for a young reader, Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy, Chicago, October 22, 2008.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor reviews Whatever It Takes:

Tough helps readers feel the tumble and energy of classrooms where inner-city children are mastering math equations and foreign languages, where they’re being nurtured and challenged with the high expectations more typical of the suburbs.

Monday, October 20th, 2008

More Details on the Chicago Reading

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Wicked Local Rockport

Wicked Local Rockport, a Massachusetts paper, reviews Whatever It Takes:

It’s a tense, at times heartbreaking page-turner that details the work of a dynamic man and his remarkable drive, the students and their struggles, the leading studies in education that interest and inspire Canada and the interplay between Canada and the vigilant overseers and philanthropists who monitor and intervene.

Monday, October 20th, 2008

New York Times

The New York Times reviews Whatever It Takes:

When it comes to an introduction to the debate about poverty and parenting in urban America, you could hardly do better than Tough’s book. The children of the uneducated and impoverished too often bear a gloomy inheritance, their futures set in stone from an early age. Within Canada’s 97 blocks, Tough finds a different kind of legacy — one shaped by parents who have learned to pay attention to their children’s developmental needs. With a support network unlike anything else in America, the children of Harlem can envision a future so many others expect as a matter of course.

Sunday, October 19th, 2008


This weekend, Whatever It Takes hit No. 34 on the New York Times Book Review’s hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. You didn’t know the list went that high, did you?

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

The Transformer

Linda Perlstein, New York Times, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Chicago reading and book-signing

Next Wednesday, I’ll be giving a talk in Chicago:

The Renaissance Schools Fund and Perspectives Charter Schools invite you to join us for a reading and book signing with Paul Tough, New York Times Magazine editor and author of the new book, Whatever it Takes.

Join us for an exciting conversation with Paul Tough on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 from 11:45am – 1:30pm at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy, 3663 S. Wabash Avenue.  This event is free.  Please RSVP to Rachel Green at

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Center for American Progress

Geoffrey Canada, Roland Fryer and I will be speaking at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., next Thursday, October 23, on a panel moderated by Robert Gordon. According to the announcement:

Policymakers have long talked about the lessons of HCZ for anti-poverty policy nationwide, and now there are proposals to replicate the HCZ model nationally. This panel brings together Geoffrey Canada, HCZ’s President and Chief Executive Officer; Roland Fryer, a Harvard economics professor and the founder of Harvard’s new Education Innovation Laboratory, a major effort to identify and evaluate promising approaches to closing the achievement gap; and Paul Tough, a New York Times Magazine editor and the author of the new book, Whatever It Takes, a critically acclaimed look at HCZ in the broader context of American poverty and education policy. They will talk about HCZ’s experience to date and its implications for national policy.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Huffington Post

I’ve started blogging over at Huffington Post this week. There’s a lively debate going on in the comments.