Start over! Do it a new way.
Stop and think before you mess up all education and all students.
You’ve been doing it this way for so many years and still so many kids are failing.
~ Ben (high school student)
Why are our educational institutions and practices such a poor fit for so many students? A Prison Called School addresses the complex issues that place many students at a disadvantage as they try to survive yet another hurdle in life—school. Although some students are able to navigate and succeed in the current system, other students struggle to survive a system that is unable to meet their needs. For those students, school can feel like a twelve-year prison sentence.
Students who cannot fit the outdated, one-size-fits-all model, are further penalized by a system that blames the struggling student rather than holding the institution accountable. For students to thrive in school, the system, not the students, must change in deep and substantial ways. A Prison Called School is a powerful catalyst for much-needed change in our educational systems. This book can transform how educators view and work with young people. It can also help educators create the kind of learning opportunities that will empower, engage, and prepare all students for success in school and life. These changes are needed now, for the sake of our children and our future, because when young people flourish, we all flourish, and when they struggle, we all struggle.
A Prison Called School features a missing, yet critical factor in educational change – students’ voices, experiences, and perspectives, along with emerging and research-based practices. The book also includes strategies that high-performing countries are using to achieve educational success. Most importantly, the solutions proposed in A Prison Called School will benefit all students, not just those who struggle in school.