If you knew that by adjusting your parenting style you could increase your Black son or Black male student's grades, would you do it? 

Fewer than ⅓ of Black boys' parents and too few of their educators use the childrearing style that helps him optimize his test scores, behavior and self esteem. But don't beat yourself up or feel embarrassed: Researchers have only recently discovered that the approach that worked so well for our parents, forbears and previous generations of educators doesn't work well (and sometimes even backfires) in this global, digital era. 

What's the right mix of responsiveness and demandingness? We tell you in "Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life," published Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Order now on Amazon or B&N. 

Joe Brewster Michèle Stephenson Chris Jackson Gregory Scott Jones Darcy Heusel American Promise Melissa A Rowe, M.Ed. Random House, Inc. #promiseskept #achievementgap #BlackEdu #education