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on February 3, 2010
Geoffrey Canada has developed a comprehensive, holistic formula to successfully educate poor kids in Harlem who historically have not had a good educational outcome. This book details the work that went into the program his Harlem Children's Zone developed and administers. One of the best parts of the book is the detailed discussion of why kids who come from a background of poverty more often than not do not do well in school. It debunks myths that these kids have inferior intellects. It covers how their upbringing by well-meaning but highly stressed and beleagered parents puts them behind their affluent peers. It details how Canada, who was born in a poor neighborhood in the South Bronx, decided that if these kids were going to succeed in large numbers that his approach was going to have to affect every part of their lives, not just what happens while they are in school. The city I live in, Charlotte, NC, struggles with many of the same problems of a wide achievement gap between affluent white kids and poor black and Latino children. I am telling anyone who will listen that there is a way to educate all of the kids in our community and that what Geoffrey Canada has come up with may be the best approach. This is a great book that anyone who is passionate about public education and the inequities that exist in them will enjoy reading.
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on August 3, 2015
I thought this book was a great read and summarizes what I believe is the true cause of the great divide. Lack of access and knowledge by the poor that they truly have choices. And that part of having choices is that they can make add choices to the list of options not only select from the options presented. More access and belief in true choices is what is necessary. Easy to say, near impossible to achieve but no reason not to try!
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on January 7, 2016
This volume if very quotable. I recommend the Kindle version for that purpose. It's well researched and presented in a clear, measured style. I think it's a must-read if someone is serious about education reform and practices.
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on March 6, 2016
Great read. Paul Tough tells the story of Geoffrey Canada's work to effect change in Harlem by creating a wide range of programs that make up a net so tight that no one can fall through the cracks. Canada focuses on the geographic area with the most problems, and puts most of his energy into children. He creates a "Children's Zone" and founds a school, as part of an overall plan to break the cycle of poverty. Inspiring.
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on September 28, 2017
I think this book should be required reading for all school board district members in urban America! Too bad Pres. Obama never got an opportunity to implement HCSZ ideals in U.S. God Bless Geoffrey Canada!
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on September 7, 2017
Great book....if you are teaching, check this out....a great help.
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on July 27, 2017
Had to read this for class. I think some people in my class liked it but it wasn't really a page turner for me. If I hadn't had to finish it for class I wouldn't have continued reading
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on March 11, 2017
Great read! Especially for anyone who is planning on becoming a teacher.
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on August 28, 2017
Another great book by Paul Tough.
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on August 13, 2017
I had to read this book for a writing class. Very boring and bland. Very leftist.
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