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As a boy in Baltimore, Michael Phillips had big dreams and big potential. He wanted to become a successful lawyer to help people like those he saw struggling in his neighborhood. He was intelligent, industrious, and inspired by the example of his parents. But one teacher's low expectations derailed his dreams--beginning a path of trauma, loss, and crime. Like so many other children, he started slipping through the cracks of a broken society.
Michael's potential was diverted into selling drugs in a life-or-death game that ended with his arrest and the nightmarish prospect of thirty years in prison. Then a judge gave him a stunning choice, one that would turn his life around'through a fair chance for a good education.
This inspiring story, Wrong Lanes Have Right Turns, connects the dots between our vulnerable youth, the schools that often fail them, the prison cells that often confine them, and the transformation that is possible for any of us. Is also shows how one man has devoted his life to enacting change that helps vulnerable 'at-promise' young people. And he invites you to join him in turning the incredible potential of rising generations in the right direction.
|Title: Wrong Lanes Have Right Turns the School-to-Prison Pipeline|
By: Michael Phillips
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2022
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 15 ounces
Stock No: WW3193907
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"A heart-wrenching and triumphant story that will change lives."Bishop T. D. Jakes
Michael Phillips would never become anything. At least, thats what he was told. It seemed like everyone was waiting for him to just fall through the cracks. After losing his father, suffering a life-altering car accident, and losing his college scholarship, Michael turned to selling drugs to make ends meet. But when his house was raided, he was arrested and thrown into a living nightmare.
When it looked like he would be sentenced to spend years behind bars, the judge gave him a choicego to a special college program for adjudicated youth or face the possibility of a thirty-year prison sentence. It wasnt hard to pick. From that choice, a mission was bornto help change the system that shuffles so many young Black men like Michael straight from school to prison. Today, Michael is the pastor of a thriving church, a local leader in Baltimore, and a member of the Maryland State Board of Education. He discovered that education was the path to becoming who he was created to be.
Armed with research, statistics, and his powerful story, Michael tackles the embedded privilege of the education system and introduces ideas for change that could level the playing field and reduce negative impacts on vulnerable youth. He explores ways in which the readers can help advocate and provide resources for students, and points us to the one thing anyone can start doing, no matter who we are or what our role is: speak into young kids lives. Tell them of their inherent worth and purpose.
In this inspiring, thought-provoking, and energizing call to action, Michaels practical steps provide a way forward to anyone wanting to help create space for collateral hope in the lives of for young people around them.
"Do not mistake this book for just one more overcoming hardship story. This is a book about America: our race relations, justice system, and tragically dysfunctional schools. It is a book about faith and being human. So often, taking on such vast topics risks oversimplification. By contrast, this is a highly intelligent, finely nuanced, and deeply moving book. Here is a testimony, above all, to lived intelligenceilluminating our national traumas from one mans personal experience without sentimentality. It is a remarkable book in every sense of that word."Dr. David Steiner, executive director of Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy
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