Day 33: SOS Convention and Featured in Newsday

Today, I had a fabulous time at the Save Our Schools Convention in Washington D.C.

I left my house at 7 AM sharp, hopped on a 8:45 flight from J.F.K., and arrived in D.C. a little more than a hour later.

I spent the morning on a Student Voice panel chatting about how students are crusading for a stake in education policy, the specifications of my book, and specific alternatives to destructive policies, like the Common Core Standards and Race to the Top. At times, the conversation became heated, but they’re often absolutely necessary.

Later, Barry Lane, internationally known author and speaker from Vermont, filmed myself and a few other students for his upcoming documentary on the state of education. Later, he took us all out for lunch, which was very kind of him.

At the conference, many of my Facebook and Twitter friends came to life. It was great to finally meet Deborah Meier, Michael Klonsky, Becky Smith, Susan DuFresne, Ceresta Smith, Stephanie Rivera, Marvin Matthew, Arnold Dodge, Anthony Cody, Bob Schaeffer, Kenneth Bernstein, and Jo Napolitano.

I was also featured in a piece by Jo Napolitano of Newsday: “In D.C., Save Our Schools eyes education policy”

Nikhil Goyal, 17, who will be a senior at Syosset High School when school starts Sept. 4, will serve on a student panel that meets Saturday. He said he favors project-based learning, an end to high-stakes testing and the molding of an individual’s education around his or her passions.

” ‘Accountability’ is a code for punishment,” he said.

As always,


Courtesy of Stephanie Rivera:

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6 Comments on “Day 33: SOS Convention and Featured in Newsday”

  1. Karen Love says:

    Stay on it Nikhil! You have this Mom’s vote!! My daughter did a senior paper on a similar topic 5 years ago and it just seems to be getting worse. It is time for us to make sure that we encourage creativity and individuality. Great Work!!

  2. […] Nikhil’s post about the Save Our School’s Convention yesterday, I figured I’d write one up myself […]

  3. Stacey Young says:

    Kudos Nikhil!! I hope there are some parents out there that will follow your lead!!! Contact your legislators! Tell them high stakes testing and APPR will ruin our children!! As a mom of 3 I am terrified of what this will do to education in NY State and the US. Our taxes are higher because of state mandates and passing the costs to the school district. It is not because of teachers and administrators. And now we are spending more money on training and textbooks because of common core. More time out of the classroom and more teaching to the tests.
    I wish the billions of dollars that the presidential candidates have donated under the “Super PAC” (how is this legal????) can go to our schools and help those children in poverty. It all goes to making the other guy look bad and then they owe favors to the donors. Greed is ruining this country not teachers!!

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  5. […] Students stand up against high stakes testing, corporate education reform. […]

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