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Discussion Question 5:

Canada views “contamination” in a positive sense – instead of separating poor children from their homes and slotting them in to elite boarding schools, he wants to leave them “exactly where they are, so that they change the neighborhood and the neighborhood changes them.” Canada says, “If we touch enough kids [in Harlem] at the same time with the same message, then it won’t seem unusual to think, ‘I should do well in school, I should speak proper English, I should do my homework.’” What are the positives and potential pitfalls of Canada’s “contamination” approach?

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