Rick faces a game-changer when a student challenges him not "to walk out just like eveyone else." Can he change the outcome? Can anyone?
In the Roundest of Places has undergone a major re-write since it first appeared on Authonomy. The story chronicles Rick Lydon’s mid-life career change from successful corporate manager to a teacher of seriously at-risk youth. Rick brings laughter and tears as he leads us in and out of the desperate lives of his students, as well as the challenges facing educators today. Rick’s own personal story of growth and recovery from adversity underlies all of the true vignettes he shares about his students, and serves as a roadmap for anyone looking to overcome life’s many obstacles.
Our classrooms today are filled with learners who struggle to navigate the established educational system. Poverty, neglect, dysfunctional families, substance abuse and mental illness all play a part. These students are at risk not only of dropping out of school, but out of society as well. As Rick’s inspiring story points out, we all pay the price for this neglect and victimization of our young people.
The universal message In the Roundest of Places will resonate with all people who struggle to overcome life’s challenges, regardless of age or occupation.