EduShyster posted an essay by a guest blogger named Steven Thomas. He attended one of the celebrated no-excuses charter schools in Massachusetts called The Academy of the Pacific Rim. He was in trouble continually. He got demerits; he never won merits. He hated school. He began to think he was just a “bad kid.” He was eventually pushed out and sent to a school for “bad kids,” joining the school-to-prison pipeline. Fortunately, he managed to make his way back to a regular public school. His life turned around. He won a scholarship to college. He is not a bad kid.