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Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males
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"Beating the Odds is a crucial book.... For black parents concerned about their son's academic achievement it is crucial reading, as it is for everyone concerned about the general decline in American education."-- the Sun
"Can any American look at the dreadful number of young, Black men we are losing and not feel shame and horror? In this fascinating study, often in the words of the young people and families interviewed, we are reminded that every child can and must be given the tools for `beating the odds.'"--Marian Wright Edelman, President, The Children's Defense Fund
"Students will still be able to identify with, and hear echoes of themselves in , the individual testimony that forms the bulk of this work."--Booklist
"Beating the Odds offers guidelines as well as specific examples that will be valuable to educators and parents who want to promote excellence in their children...the parents whose voices are heard here offer lessons that can be applied in any family."--Publishers Weekly
"Beating the Odds relates wonderful stories of parents striving successfully to raise academically high-achieving African-American boys who are encouraged to excel in college and subsequently go on to elite graduate and professional schools in mathematics, medicine, science, and engineering."--Black Issues in Higher Education
"Beating the Odds goes beyond mere analysis of relentlessly negative media images to show us precisely how young Black men can succeed despite the debilitating affects of racism, crime as a social and economic alternative, and drugs as a rite of passage.... Essential reading for parents, teachers and school administrators, Beating the Odds offers insight, guidance and hope for anyone concerned about the plight of young African-American men and the societies they live in."--Black Employment Review
"Beating the Odds is undoubtedly one of the most important tools the African American parent can possess. This inspirational text reconceptualizes the falsely perpetuated image of the black male and introduces us to the fundamental elements needed to help our young men achieve academic excellence."--Kweisi Mfume, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
"I will treasure this book and the guidance and inspiration it will give me in pursuing the cause of high standards for all students."--Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland
"Dr. Hrabowski's tremendous contributions as an educator and administrator at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country demonstrates that young African American men, given the opportunity and encouragement to succeed, can indeed 'beat the odds.' His book is invaluable for anyone seeking to help minority students overcome the historical barriers they face to higher education and career success, which is essential for the long term economic well-being of our nation. I congratulate Dr. Hrabowski and his colleagues and share the pride of the entire University System of Maryland in their valuable and timely contribution addressing a critical national need."--Parris N. Glendenning, Governor of Maryland
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In addition to interviews with parents of the 60 UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars, the authors' interviews with grandparents showed how important it is to have a family that values learning and excellence. Whether you come from a rich family with multiple degrees, or are poor and the first high school graduate in your family, a key to academic success is being around those who value it.
As a white male and new father, I was inspired by the book and reminded that good parenting is color blind. I also agree with the authors that if Black males are to achieve academic success, they must be exposed to the many examples that abound already, but are often overlooked by our society.