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Whatever it takes : Geoffrey Canada's quest to change Harlem and America

Author: Paul Tough
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Mariner books edView all editions and formats
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What would it take? That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children?not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children?s Zone, a ninety-seven-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and  Read more...
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Tough, Paul.
Whatever it takes.
Boston : Mariner Books, 2009
(DLC) 2009289780
(OCoLC)455422406
Named Person: Geoffrey Canada; Geoffrey Canada
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Tough
ISBN: 9780547348216 0547348215 1299881076 9781299881075
OCLC Number: 759834547
Notes: "With a new afterword"--Cover.
Description: 1 online resource (310 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: The lottery --
Unequal childhoods --
Baby college --
Contamination --
Battle mode --
Bad apples --
Last chance --
The conveyor belt --
Escape velocity --
Graduation --
What would it take?
Responsibility: Paul Tough.
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What would it take? That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children?not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children?s Zone, a ninety-seven-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America. His conclusion: if you want poor kids to be able to compete with their middle-class peers, you need to change everything in their lives?their schools, their neighborhoods, even the child-rearing practices of their parents. Whatever It Takes is a tour de force of reporting, an inspired portrait not only of Geoffrey Canada but of the parents and children in Harlem who are struggling to better their lives, often against great odds. Carefully researched and deeply affecting, this is a dispatch from inside the most daring and potentially transformative social experiment of our time.? This e-book includes a sample chapter of HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED.

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