Monday, May 17th, 2010
On the front page of this morning’s Herald-Sun, a report on my talk in Durham yesterday:
The most important factor in replicating the success of the Harlem Children’s Zone is accountability, says the man who wrote the book about the successful New York initiative.
“For a model like this to succeed, people have to be held accountable when kids fail,” author Paul Tough told around 250 people in the auditorium of the Holton Career and Resource Center Sunday afternoon. “Accountability can be really tough, but someone has to take responsibility for each failure. That’s the only way it works.”
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I had been to HZC and spent time with Geoffrey Canada along with the leadership team. My enthusiasm meter has been high ever since. But sometimes it takes the out of town expert to make it all come alive. Paul Tough did that for us in Durham on Sunday. His straightforward, pleasant style left people knowing that “this” (HCZ replication) indeed can work and it can, and will work in Durham. Someone asked if I had enough books (4). Never enough, I want to hand them out to everyone I come in contact with. It is a must read.
Wanda Boone, Co-Chair East Durham Children’s Initiative