WHATEVER IT TAKES: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America

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New York Times Magazine editor Tough profiles an ambitious effort to simultaneously address the seemingly eternal societal problems of poverty, class stratification, educational underachievement and racial discrimination.Frustrated by the limited number of people he could help in his job at a nonprofit organization providing services for at-risk youth, Geoffrey Canada in 1999 founded a large-scale ... Read full review

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A powerful, if not anecdotal, telling of the Harlem Children Zone. It is sad story of poverty in America and equally so everywhere I have travelled... poverty is a byproduct of poor parenting. Mr. Canada and his supporters offers up a small defense against the avalanche of misery on the mountain of America's aspirations for freedom from want and need.
Look to the teachers? Look to the culture? No, look to the parents to see the source of a child's misery.

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