Discussion Question 5: Canada views “contamination” in a positive sense – instead of separating poor children from their homes and slotting them in to elite boarding schools, he wants to leave them “exactly where they are, so that they change the neighborhood and the neighborhood changes them.” Canada says, “If we touch enough kids [in Harlem] at the same time with the same message, then it … [Read more...] about ASF Recommended Reading, “Whatever It Takes”: Discussion Question 5
Discussion Question 2: Paul Tough writes that “social science is notorious for attributing social ills not to the inequities of society but to the moral failings of the poor.” How does the story of the Harlem Children’s Zone show that attribution to be erroneous? Has your own work with underserved communities done the same? Leave your feedback in the Comment section — if you're one of the … [Read more...] about ASF Recommended Reading, “Whatever It Takes”: Discussion Question 2
Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 22, is ASF’s Recommended Reading Discussion of Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough. Even if you haven’t had the chance to get through the whole book since we announced this new series, we hope you’ll join us and lend your voice to an eye-opening and insightful discussion of Geoffrey Canada's quest to change Harlem and America. Starting at 9:30 a.m. ET, we'll post one … [Read more...] about Reminder: ASF Recommended Reading Discussion of “Whatever It Takes” – and Another Chance to Win Free Books – Is Tomorrow!
The kindness of strangers, and where it leads: that's the theme of this week's episode of NPR's This American Life, which tells the story of a transformative relationship between Jewish runaway Jack Geiger and African-American actor Canada Lee. It was 1940. 14-year-old Geiger had completed his high school coursework, but couldn't find a college that would accept him. There was conflict at home, … [Read more...] about FFL Conference Keynote Speaker Jack Geiger on NPR’s “This American Life”