Family Advocate Offers Tips for Parents, Students Who Face Challenges

Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 04:39 PM.

As students head back to school and presidential campaigns thicken with debate on topics including education, experts are focused on that x-factor that may benefit disadvantaged students.

“Both Republicans and Democrats have tried to help struggling students through policy, including George W. Bush’s ‘No Child Left Behind’and Barack Obama’s ‘Race to the Top,’ ” says Cederick Tardy, founder of the non-profit S.T.R.O.N.G., Inc, which provides education and resources to empower youth and families.

He’s also the author of “The Seven Secrets: The Manual for Raising Boys to Men” and “A Flying Start: Outta This World Advice for Young Men,” (

“Policy can only go so far to those who need real help. Anyone who’s serious about improving education for students with challenges will tell you that character is the place to start,” he says.

Even when families make a sincere effort to commit to education, obstacles get in the way, Tardy says.

He offers these tips for parents and students struggling with some common problems:

   • Issue: Child has slipped off track into dangerous territory, whether it’s experimenting with drugs, skipping school, failing classes, or running away.

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