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    Nikhil Goyal(Author),Don Tapscott(Foreword)

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When Nikhil Goyal was seventeen-years-old, 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 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?

"Goyal paints a fairly clear picture as to what his ideal educational experience looks like."

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  • By Ray Gulick on January 23, 2013

    The book could have used a more attentive editor. There are a few instances of the wrong (but similar sounding) word being used, and when encountering one, it would be tempting for someone so inclined to write off the book. That would be a mistake.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.

  • By Justin Bourassa on January 18, 2015

    As a high school English teacher, I found this book fascinating. It's not perfect, there are some errors, but despite the warts, I really appreciate the efforts that went into this book; not many high schoolers can say that they were so interested in an important issue that they wrote a book about it. It inspires my students, it's a great start, and it's an inspiration to both my students and me. I'm very happy to have made this purchase!

  • By Pete Welter on February 10, 2013

    I was pointed to "One Size Does Not Fit All" by a talented and entrepreneurial high school student who shares Nikhil Goyal's views that education as it works today is not effective, either in deep learning now or in creating lifelong learners in the long run. Given that nearly every bit of conversation about education is adult-to-adult, it is refreshing to finally hear the views of students who have thought deeply about what they need from education.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. He lets them know that not only is it OK to have doubts, but that they can question the assumptions, push the boundaries, and make education into something valuable to each of them.All that said, the book has the feel of solutions by a 17-year old - very simple, cut and dried, "of course we do *that*" types of actions. Please note that this is not a specific criticism of Goyal, because the depth and breadth his discussion puts many adults to shame. It's just that when dealing with large systems of interconnected parts - like education systems - solutions often need to more subtle and take into account a larger number of forces, which is where a lifetime of experience tends to be of help when creating solutions. That said, the education system, which often moves in geologic time, could use a kick from the young Goyals of the world, summed up in his paragraph: "In my life, I'm sick and tired of hearing excuses and whining and carping. Don't tell me you can do something. To be successful, sometimes you will need to step on some shoes, push over some people, and shun the non-believers." In that sense he reminds me of Roger Shank - willing to be prickly and politically incorrect to look at core changes to education.If you want to truly think about questioning the assumption behind our educational system, then I can recommend this book highly. I'm look forward to more from Nikhil Goyal, because even at 17 (and *especially at 17) he's somebody worth listening to.

  • By Gerardo B. Guzmán on February 11, 2017

    A highly focused criticism of the public schools system.

  • By Cassandra Lewis Slattery on November 10, 2012

    Nikhil Goyal's book One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School is a brilliant new book that presents a bold and revolutionary plan for the future of education. The style is fun and easy to read while Mr. Goyal's meticulous research demonstrates what specifically is not working in the American school system and how these problems compare with school systems worldwide and shows how this impacts the workforce and economy. His solutions for transforming education are creative and plausible and absolutely essential if we care at all about today or the future. Policymakers should start listening to the students and teachers. This book is the call to action we've been waiting for. I hope Mr. Goyal becomes the U.S. Secretary of Education, as nominated by Diane Ravitch. This book is a must-read.

  • By A on August 23, 2014

    great book

  • By J. Bower on December 18, 2012

    I've been working in the education field since my PhD work in the late 1970's. Mr. Goyal understands more than most long-time participants in the education policy debate - probably because he's a victim and not a perpetrator.This is the generational successor to Jonathan Kozal's "Death at an Early Age." It calls out the continuing faults in the education system with savage clarity, and calls out the adults who perpetuate those faults. Best of all, it makes cogent recommendations for changes that could be made tomorrow - if the "adults" in the system would allow them."One Size Does Not Fit All" should be required reading in every school of education in the country.

  • By Michael D Hardt on October 17, 2013

    I applaud young Mr. Goyal's efforts on this important topic. He brings the most valuable perspective to the issue of public education, that of the learner. It is the learners who are the actual consumers of the lessons, curriculum, and standards we hear so much about. I find it very interesting that businesses spend millions of dollars in marketing research on young adults to assure market share of their products while researchers, administrators, educators assume they know what is best for this same population. This book is an exemplar of what project-based learning could do for learners.


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