The Missing Link in the Poverty Debates: Fathers and Mothers

I remember being out in the back room in my home in Machias, Maine. I was a librarian’s son, and so there were books in great quantities in said house. I loved it. One day, having finished my latest basketball book (I nurtured something of an obsession with fine sportswriting as a boy), I wandered [Read More…]

A “Miracle in Harlem”

New York Times columnist David Brooks recently wrote a noteworthy article, entitled “The Harlem Miracle”, about an inner-city organization that has wrought considerable change in the lives of its students. The Harlem Children’s Zone, run by Geoffrey Canada (a Bowdoin alum, like myself), is doing crazy things: “The typical student entered the charter middle school, [Read More…]