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?
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About the Author
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.
What People are Saying About This
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)
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)
What a wonderful book! I nominate Nikhil Goyal for the U.S. Secretary of Education!
—Diane Ravitch (former Assistant Secretary of Education)
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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This young man's book is a remarkable read. Every parent, teacher, student, policy maker should read this book.