ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL: A STUDENT’S ASSESSMENT OF SCHOOL
Published by the Alternative Education Resource Organization (September 2012)
FOREWORD by Don Tapscott, bestselling author of Wikinomics
Every nine seconds, a student drops out of school. Why? For a majority, school was not relevant to them. The education system isn’t broken — it’s doing exactly what it was intended to do so — create compliant cogs in machines. It’s outdated. It’s dangerous. And it’s suppressing millions of children around the country. This McSchool model of forcing facts into kids’ brains is not only unhealthy, but has never worked.
In One Size Does Not Fit All, 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal 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, Goyal 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.
He presses questions like: What if we tailored education to every single child? What if students’ voices were heard and seen as human beings, not numbers in a spreadsheet? What if school became an incubator of innovation and a bridge between the community and the world?
The book will drive a long-overdue call to action. A generation is a terrible thing to go to waste. Seth Godin once said, “When enough of us act, the system will have no choice but to listen, emulate and rush to catch up.”
One Size Does Not Fit All is a provoking and indispensable manifesto to read as millions of kids begin to start the new year in schools that have let them down year after year after year. No reforms. A revolution.
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