Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Archive for 2008

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Washington Post Review

Donna Foote reviewed Whatever It Takes in the Washington Post Book World yesterday, describing the Harlem Children’s Zone as “a social experiment so radical and potentially transforming that Barack Obama has promised a ‘few billion dollars a year’ to replicate it in 20 cities should he become president.”

She called the book “a you-are-there recording of the project’s development, amazing growth and potential promise — and an informed primer on the correlation between race, poverty and the achievement gap in America.”

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Building the Village

Donna Foote, Washington Post, October 12, 2008

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Stars — They’re just like us!

Sarah Jessica Parker stocks up on her fall reading.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Barnes & Noble Next Monday

Attention New Yorkers: Next Monday, October 6, at 7 p.m., Geoff Canada and I will be speaking at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square. I’ll read a little from Whatever It Takes, and Geoff and I will both speak, answer questions and sign books. Please come on by and join us.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Brian Lehrer audio

Geoffrey Canada and I talking about education, the election and the Harlem Children’s Zone on The Brian Lehrer Show this morning on WNYC radio.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

30 Issues: Education Policy

The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC New York, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Brian Lehrer

Tomorrow (Monday) morning at 11 a.m., Geoff Canada and I will be on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC here in New York. I think it’s on both AM 820 and FM 93.9. We’ll be part of the show’s “Thirty Issues in Thirty Days” series, talking about “the most pressing education needs in the US today.”

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Against All Odds

Erin Aubry Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

L.A. Times Review

In Sunday’s L.A. Times, Erin Aubry Kaplan reviews Whatever It Takes:

Journalistically, Tough does a nice job of balancing theories and research on race, education and poverty with the unglamorous, on-the-ground fight to make Promise Academy and the whole Harlem Children’s Zone enterprise pull the neighborhood out of the gravity of its urban pathologies — to kick into a high enough gear for residents to achieve what Canada calls “escape velocity.”

Though much of “Whatever It Takes” focuses on strategy, it’s the acute awareness of the overwhelmingly black staff, students and parents of just what they’re up against that makes this book absorbing and frequently touching. Within that awareness are small but steady epiphanies that are the real core of Canada’s work but that simply can’t be measured by test scores: parents learning to regularly take their kids to museums, problems collectively solved in math class, story conclusions read aloud by second-graders.

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Tavis Video

Tavis Smiley’s PBS show has now posted video of the complete interview he did with me and Geoffrey Canada this week, as well as a transcript of our conversation.