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One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School
     

One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School

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by Nikhil Goyal
 
When Nikhil Goyal was in high school, he wrote this book, One Size Does Not Fit All. It offers a groundbreaking prescription for transforming American schools. Drawing from hundreds of interviews with renowned thinkers like Howard Gardner, Seth Godin, Dan Pink, Noam Chomsky, Diane Ravitch, and Frank Bruni, he calls to radically redefine the way the country does

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When Nikhil Goyal was in high school, he wrote this book, One Size Does Not Fit All. It offers a groundbreaking prescription for transforming American schools. Drawing from hundreds of interviews with renowned thinkers like Howard Gardner, Seth Godin, Dan Pink, Noam Chomsky, Diane Ravitch, and Frank Bruni, he calls to radically redefine the way the country does schooling. From implementing an anti-disciplinary curriculum to reinventing the teaching profession, his propositions are timely and provocative. Goyal walks us through the tenets of the system, shattering claims dispersed in the education conversation.

Goyal presses questions like, What if we tailored education to every single child?; What if students' voices were heard and students were seen as human beings, not numbers in a spreadsheet?; and What if school became an incubator of innovation and a bridge between the community and the world?

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
Nikhil Goyal, 17: the future education secretary?
Forbes
Goyal paints a fairly clear picture as to what his ideal educational experience looks like.
Deborah Meier
“A wonderful read; full of ideas, proposals and examples to fruitfully mull over — some new, some old — all from a fresh perspective.”
Sugata Mitra
“Traditional education is a product of the age of empires and the industrial age. Aristotle’s school produced Alexander in Greece, Chanakya’s school in India produced Chandragupta who drove Alexander’s generals away. The Victorians created a schooling system to run their Empire, a system that would produce identical people. The captains of the Industrial age adopted it happily — to produce assembly line workers. But the empires have gone and the manufacturing..

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974525211
Publisher:
Bravura Books
Publication date:
09/05/2012
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

What People are Saying About This

Howard Gardner
Nowadays, nearly every educator-pundit, Wall Street tycoon, and Hollywood mogul has his or her recipe for education in the 21st century. It's high time to learn the views and recommendations of a thoughtful young person. And what high school student Nikhil Goyal has to say, on the basis of his research, interviews, and reflections, is well worth pondering.
—Howard Gardner (Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Michael Ellsberg
Nikhil Goyal is a leader among young people who are changing the world of education. Once you read this book, you will never view education the same way. Goyal represents the future
—which looks nothing like the past.
—Michael Ellsberg (bestselling author of The Education of Millionaires)
Diane Ravitch
What a wonderful book! I nominate Nikhil Goyal for the U.S. Secretary of Education!
—Diane Ravitch (former Assistant Secretary of Education)
Holly Ojalvo
Don't read this book only for the novelty of hearing a student perspective. And don't read it just because it nicely articulates how the current school system privileges empty efficiencies and test-taking over creative and critical thinking and the joys of learning. Read it because it puts into words pretty much every critical thought you yourself have ever had about education
—your own, your students', or your children's
—and lays out some innovative ways to overhaul the system. You'll come away realizing you're not alone, and that change is possible. Not a bad place to start.
—Holly Ojalvo (former editor of the New York Times Learning Network)

Meet the Author

Nominated for the U.S. Secretary of Education by Diane Ravitch and lauded as an "emerging voice of his generation," at age 17, Nikhil Goyal is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School by the Alternative Education Resource Organization. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox and Friends, Fox Business: Varney & Co., NBC, Forbes, and Huffington Post.

Nikhil has spoken to thousands at conferences and TEDx events around the world from Qatar to Spain and has guest lectured at Baruch College in New York. He is leading a Learning Revolution movement to transform the American school system. A senior at Syosset High School, Nikhil lives with his family in Woodbury, New York.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This young man's book is a remarkable read. Every parent, teacher, student, policy maker should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago