Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Blog roundup

Recent blog posts on “Whatever It Takes” from a reference librarian in Perrysburg, Ohio; a student at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock; a Microsoft executive in Seattle; and an early-childhood specialist in Chicago, who posted her reflections on the panel discussion I was a part of at Loyola University Law School in February:

I also think that there are many, many people in non-profits who are tired of business-as-usual, tired of feeling like their work is a drop in the ocean, tired of talking themselves into believing in what they do every day.  Some of those people must have been in the audience that night, looking for a thicker strand of hope to pull on.

From what I’ve read, hope is much of what Geoffrey Canada’s concept is riding on now: hope with an almost desperate promise of metrics, if we could all be patient for a while.  And many of us are willing to be patient, because we believe as we have believed for years, that he’s making it happen – he’s doing it.  He’s doing what we thought should be done all along: comprehensive services, for all stages of childhood, supportive of the family and community as well as the child.  This is the silent promise we’ve been imagining, and Canada actually managed to speak the promise out loud.

2 comments on “Blog roundup

  1. Cathy says:

    My son has Adhd,a bad anxiety disorder, a very high IQ and an low GPA. He’s a couple failed attempts at college. After reading half of yiur book I am pretty discouraged. What kinds of things can I do to help him be successful. Thanks, Cathy

  2. admin says:

    Hi Cathy. Thanks for your comment, and I’m sorry the book is discouraging! It’s very hard for me to give useful advice on this, since I’m not a professional and I don’t know enough about your situation to offer relevant advice. I would say that if your son has an anxiety disorder, some kind of psychological intervention would seem like a valuable step, including psychotherapy. But I’m guessing you’ve tried that. I wish you and your son all the best as you look for a solution.

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