Dr. Roderick Claybrooks, author of "The Black Student's Guide to Success," book series www.blackstudentsguide.com is encouraging parents to take the lead in ensuring that their children are successful this school year by making education the priority.
CLICK ON THE VIDEO PLAYER TO WATCH DR. CLAYBROOKS TALK ABOUT THE BOOK DURING A VISIT TO FOX 2.
"Recent results from studies on education are horrifying. We as parents can't stand on the sidelines any longer and expect schools to do all the heavy lifting," stresses Dr. Claybrooks.
With a little over a week left before the new school year begins, Dr. Claybrooks will appear on the Fox 2 Weekend Morning show this Sunday, August 28. He will explain the importance of the following tips for parents:
· Set limits. Summer vacation is over. How much t-v time will there be? How often can your children play video games? Can the kids play video games during the week? The time is now to set limits.
· Set goals. Everyone needs something to aspire to. Find out your children's goals for the school year. Let them also know your goals for them. Refer back to the goals throughout the school year.
· Communicate effectively. You must let your children know what your expectations are. Further, you have to find out the best way to communicate with their teacher. Is it by email? Is it by phone? Is it by text? It is your job to find that out within the first few weeks of the school.
· Celebrate successes. If your child has managed to move up from a "C" to a "B" in math, celebrate that. Then, make it their goal to achieve the B+ or the A.
Dr. Claybrooks is a Detroit-native who grew up on the city's northwest side. He's a first-generation college graduate who beat the odds to become an orthopedic surgeon. He has made it one of his life's missions to demonstrate to minority youth in particular, the importance of education.
As the author of the " T he Black Student's Guide to Success and The Black Student's Guide to Success Workbook ," Dr. Claybrooks shows students how to discover their strengths which will lead them to a career based on their talents and not necessarily their passion.