"In this book the author adroitly shifts from a deficit to a student success perspective. The focus on Black males from both sides of the Atlantic is an excellent way to show that students from all groups and levels of society can be successful in school. But we need to know what accounts for their success in order to help educators and policy makers do a better job of promoting success for all students. Once again, the role of parents and educators is central to the educational success of the participants in the study reported here. In spite of many barriers, students can indeed succeed if parents and educators provide them with the appropriate cultural capital and learning opportunities. This book clearly describes how all of the needed elements can come together to produce successful students."
"As chickens come home to roost, Byfield's book helps to concentrate the mind on what the true challenge is for us and what we have to do to enable not only Black boys to achieve educationally, but all our young people: it is they who are special and who represent the future."