Paul Tough, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) e David Whitman, Sweating the Small Stuff: Inner-City Schools and the New Paternalism (Thomas B. Fordham Institute). David Brooks consiglia di leggere questi due libri per capire come e perché funzionano le scuole create da Geoffrey Canada a Harlem, le Harlem Children’s Zone schools. Il principio fondamentale, secondo Brooks è che "middle-class kids enter adolescence with certain working models in their heads: what I can achieve; how to control impulses; how to work hard. Many kids from poorer, disorganized homes don’t have these internalized models. The schools create a disciplined, orderly and demanding counterculture to inculcate middle-class values." NYT.