In the opening chapter of his book about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone, Paul Tough discusses a “lottery” where apparently fortunate parents can enroll their children into a potentially high-performing school. Interestingly, Tough juxtaposes the randomness of a lottery with Canada’s vision to create “a programmatic, standardized” approach to assisting children “that could be applied broadly and replicated nationwide.”
Here at the beginning of the book, what do you think about Canada’s vision?
Or, what did you think about the disparities that Tough highlighted. In particular, he mentions that “The average white family in Manhattan with children under five now had an annual income of $284,000, while their black counterparts made an average of $31,000.” Were you surprised by the disparity? What kinds of advantages do you see white children having over black children as a result of those economic differences?