One Size Does Not Fit All

A Student's Assessment of School

by Nikhil Goyal

Number of pages: 208

Publisher: Alternative Education Resource Organization

BBB Library: Education

ISBN: 978-0974525211

About the Author

Nikhil Goyal is an American journalist and author of Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice, which was published by Doubleday, an imprint of Random House, in 2016.


Editorial Review

This book tackles the development of the education model and the reasons why students don't like schools. The education model is teacher-focused, one-size-fits-all, and the student is isolated in the learning process. Yet the students, who have grown up in an interactive digital world, learn differently. Schooled on Google and Wikipedia, they want to inquire, not to rely on the professor for a detailed roadmap. In America, every nine seconds a student drops out of school. 81% said they wouldn’t have dropped out if the subjects were more relevant to real life.

Book Reviews

“One Size Does Not Fit All is a stark, yet positive, wake-up call sounded by one of our nation’s best and brightest. “Don’t let anyone tell you that public education cannot work,” Goyal challenges. “If we give students dominion of their education, honor teachers, fund schools adequately, and treat students like human beings, it can. . . . We cannot afford to wait” (p. 189). Anyone involved in education would do well to read – and heed – his warning.”— Pitsco

“Everyone has an opinion about how to improve our schools, but no one asks students — the customers — their view. Nikhil Goyal has stepped into this vacuum with a compelling book that offers a student's perspective on the need to radically transform education. Anyone who wants to know what really goes on in schools — and what most needs to change — should read this important book.” — Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow at Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and bestselling author of Creating Innovators

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