The authors blame the public school system for the academic shortcomings of children of color. They recommend creation of watchdog committees to make sure, for example, that public schools hire teachers who speak Spanish and who are immersed in Spanish cultures; they demand accountability. My experience with troubled children of all colors is that their school problems are typically far more basic than "culture." A child whose mother drank, smoked, and abused drugs during gestation, who was beaten up by the father or involved in screaming and physical violence during the pregnancy and neonatal period, who neglected the child’s needs for proper nutrition and comfort, or who failed to create an atmosphere and environment conducive to learning and exploration does not have a "cultural" problem. Indeed, "culture" is largely irrelevant for these children. Yet, these are the disturbed children the psychiatric consultant sees in public schools. These are the children whose behaviors often come under the rubric of oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, many parents do not want to hear that their child is troubled, preferring to focus on the shortcomings of the school.