Rutishauser, a high school principal in New York City, gives readers a working guide with engaging descriptions for how to help students succeed by creating a learning environment based on the ideas of freedom and responsibility. The book opens by detailing the historical context that led to the current crisis in education, which lays the groundwork for understanding and incorporating the five principles of freedom (think, build, speak, act, and fight) into schools. Subsequent chapters provide both the theory and the practice of each principle, and explain how this approach changed the course of a failing school in New York. The pairing of educational, developmental, and social theories with real-world applications makes for a user-friendly, theory-to-practice text, while the stories from the trenches of school leadership add entertainment and inspiration. The book is a great resource for educators and leaders looking to step away from the traditional controlling approach to education and help students develop their own sense of power and possibility. Recommended.