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Promises Kept
Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life
Written by Dr. Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson and Hilary Beard

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Category: Education - Parent Participation; Social Science - African-American Studies; Family & Relationships - Parenting
Imprint: Spiegel & Grau
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 2014
Price: $18.00
Can. Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8489-7 (0-8129-8489-7)
Pages: 384
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.



 

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.
 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Joe Brewster, M.D., and Michèle Stephenson are the directors of the award-winning documentary American Promise. Brewster is an attending psychiatrist at Harlem Hospital in New York and an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University. He was raised in Los Angeles and studied medicine at Harvard University. Stephenson has worked as an international human rights lawyer and a film producer. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School.

Hilary Beard is the co-author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox and Venus & Serena: Serving from the Hip.





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