Author: Paul Tough
Who should read it: Company Founders, Entrepreneurs, Managers, Educators, Parents
I am excited to recommend this book because there are so many great take lessons and, best of all: it’s a ‘feel good’ book. This should be on the 'Parents’ recommended reading' list for our kids’ schools because of the important lessons about parenting and education. For entrepreneurs it’s highly inspirational for making the impossible possible with commitment and focus, and by applying sustained innovation and analytical discipline. Finally, it’s a great example of the power of social entrepreneurism: a growing movement that I think will make transformative changes in our society.
The book is about an experiment, called the Harlem Children’s Zone, funded largely (2/3) through private donations. The project delivers an array of interventions and educational services to parents and students within a 10 square block area of Harlem. The aim is to eradicate the education/achievement gap between the poorest and the richest social economic groups in the community. Canada insisted on taking a random allocation of students, to prove that his model would work for everyone. His goal is to build a replicable model so, once developed, it can be implemented everywhere. It’s hard to imagine a more ambitious or transformative goal for our society. He is looking to wipe out poverty in one generation by giving every one of the kids the preparation, desire and opportunity to go to college.