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One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School Paperback – September 5, 2012
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Overall, I can's say I learned a huge amount from the book, but that is mostly a function of Goyal and I sharing a similar reading list. He is an extremely well-read young man - which I would of course say given the overlap of our interests :) - and interviewed many of these people for the book. For the kind of education reform that he describes in this book, there are a set of people who are truly worth listening to and/or talking with, and even if this book were just to introduce you to them, it would be worth reading.
However, what really makes this book is Goyal's inside perspective as a current high school student. Living through the tests, the teachers, the SATs and the standardized testing, and taking the AP classes, and then sharing his experiences with us makes this book a lens to examine what our kids are going through. And given that this is the experience of a very sharp young man in a high performing high school should give us pause when it comes to considering the experience of kids who are not in that kind of advantaged situation. In this way, he speaks not only to we adults who want to again look at education from our "customer's" point of view (and make no mistake these kids are our customers), but to students of all ages who might want to know that there are others out there who feel as they do.Read more ›
Ah, to be seventeen and know more than your elders! I remember those days. I too wanted to change everything in the world that those near-sighted, misguided or just plain stupid adults had screwed up. It's funny though how much smarter my elders got once I graduated and began facing the real world. And, remarkably, the older I get - and the deeper into the real world - the smarter they continue to get.
I suppose I should back up a bit. It's not exactly that I think Goyal is wrong. I am a 42-year-old mother of two young daughters and I'm quite progressive for an old woman. My older daughter is just starting out in a progressive school (her sister will join her in two years) that practices much of what Goyal preaches. The school utilizes very hands-on, project-based, student-centered, collaborative learning methods. Play and exploration are heavily emphasized. The students themselves have a powerful voice in even basic matters of curriculum, and they are encouraged to use that voice to develop a healthy, vibrant, democratic community of learners.Read more ›
Nikhil tackles his subject with equal parts passion and research. When he calls BS on standardized testing, pay for performance, NCLB/RttT, and other modern "education" practices, he not only tells you how much they stink, but why.
I hope Nikhil hasn't "gotten it out of his system," and that this book represents only the beginning of him helping us find our way to a sane and effective approach to education.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great ideas. Good collection of information. Definitely need a system revamp.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
It should be noted that Goyal decided to take on a project like this while a high school student. It should also be noted that one's money is better spent elsewhere. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Karl R. Heintz
I would recommend this book to educators, students, parents and all who have a vested interest in the growth of our country. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by P. Helling
I am quite impressed with the book, Nikhil has done quite a bit of research and is loaded with facts and figures. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Sachin Rajgire
Let me begin with a quote from Chapter 1:
"Let's shift classrooms into 'life-long learning incubators' - student-centered and well networked with a level of spontaneity. Read more
Our school system is failing the majority of students. Students are not meant to be plunked into a chair for 7 hours and then just there be lectured at. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Marjorie
Goyal provides an insightful opinion about the state of education along with some solutions to "fix" it. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Helen C. Santiago