Jefferson Book Club Selection for November: Whatever it Takes

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America by Paul Tough is the November selection for the Jefferson Book Club.

Please take a moment to join or renew your membership for 2012-2013! Members meet every other month to discuss a democratically selected book. Open to all members of the Jefferson community–students, staff and faculty.

What would it take?Whatever it Takes

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.

Join your colleagues for the next Jefferson Book Club discussion on Tuesday, November 13 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in room 200b Scott. All students, faculty, and staff welcome. Lunch will be provided.

Copies available from Jefferson Bookstore at a 15% discount and at Scott Library.

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