What Happened To The Middle School
Paul Tough's new book about the Harlem Children's Zone is fantastic over all but mysteriously underplays one of the newsiest elements of the story: what happens to the middle school. Described in one of the final chapters, this turn of events isn't fully addressed in the book and has also been ignored by the mainstream media (including the New York Times for which Tough works). Toughs' decision not to give greater consideration of what seems like a major issue for HCZ is disturbing, as is the papers' failure to report what was going on at the time it happened (during 2006-2007). -- John Thompson, Oklahoma City high school teacher.