American Promise : Helping Black Boys Excel in School

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  • Understanding the Promise
  • Why These Tips Are Important
  • Tweak Your Parenting Style
  • Remind Him That He Comes From Greatness
  • Visit Your Son’s School
  • Read to Your Child Everyday
  • Teach Him Healthy Masculinities
  • Provide Him With Healthy Food
  • Be Your Child’s First Teacher
  • Take Parenting Classes
  • Teach Your Child to Advocate for Himself

Why These Tips Are Important

Statistically, African-American boys lag behind in test scores. And while these are structural factors to blame (schools that lack funding, don’t have enough teachers or books in the school, etc.) Beard is clear that her tips can be done today, cost very little to nothing and can have a huge impact on our sons’ academic, social, behavioral and emotional development.

 (Photo: Jon Stuyvesant/Rada Film Group)

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