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Promises Kept

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Written by Dr. Joe BrewsterAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Dr. Joe Brewster , Michele StephensonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Michele Stephenson and Hilary BeardAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Hilary Beard

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
  • On Sale: January 14, 2014
  • Price: $18.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-8489-7 (0-8129-8489-7)
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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Regardless of how wealthy or poor their parents are, all black boys must confront and surmount the "achievement gap": a divide that shows up not only in test scores, but in their social and emotional development, their physical well-being, and their outlook on life. As children, they score as high on cognitive tests as their peers, but at some point, the gap emerges. Why?

This is the question Joe Brewster, M.D., and Michèle Stephenson asked when their own son, Idris, began struggling in a new school. As they filmed his experiences for their award-winning documentary American Promise, they met an array of researchers who had not only identified the reasons for the gap, but had come up with practical, innovative solutions to close it.

Based on innovative research as well as the real stories of families grappling with these issues firsthand, Promises Kept ultimately offers both a unique study of a major social issue as well as a practical guide of workable solutions for parents and educators alike.