"Two researchers ask why leaders of “no-excuses” charter schools think that children of color need harsh discipline. As researchers who have taught in and studied these schools, we found that e Black and Latino parents we interviewed in a no-excuses middle school valued discipline, viewed it as more than rule following. They wanted demanding academic expectations alongside a caring and structured environment that would help their children develop the self-discipline to make good choices. I have always wondered where the no-excuses charters found bright young college graduates willing to enforce their harsh rules. Many of them presumably studied in progressive schools and colleges. How did they learn to enforce harsh rules? This “special” and harsh treatment of children of color smacks of colonialism."