MSNBC Documentary Gives a Voice to Kids Sentenced as Adults

There are many imperfections in the nation’s criminal justice system. So many, it’s hard to know where to start. Take your pick: The public defender system; death row; life without parole or the whole idea of housing convicts together in hopes of rehabilitating them. Poke around a bit. You’ll find some disturbing problems. None, however, will shake you to the core like seeing a child doing hard time behind bars, serving a sentence twice as long as he is old.

When Push Comes to Shove, It’s Time to Start an Education Revolution

It’s no secret that America’s public education system is failing.  Only three of seven public school students finish high school and many of those that actually graduate come away with a sub-par education that barely gets them to, or through, college. Our children are growing up in a technological boom but learning in a system designed for the Industrial Age. That’s a central message put forward by Dr. Steve Perry in his new work, “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve — Even If It Means Picking a Fight,” which turns out to be something of a clarion call for an “Education Revolution” in America. Perry is co-founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Connecticut where 100 percent of the students get accepted to college.  He is also a regular education contributor on CNN. All of this has put him on the front line of the movement to improve America’s Schools.