Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 10, 2017 - Education - 320 pages
A devastating critique of the American way of education and a hopeful blueprint for change which can unlock the creativity and joy of learning inherent in all students.

In this book Nikhil Goyal--a journalist and activist, whom The Washington Post has dubbed a "future education secretary" and Forbes has named to its 30 Under 30 list--both offers a scathing indictment of our teach-to-the-test-while-killing-the-spirit educational assembly line and maps out a path for all of our schools to harness children's natural aptitude for learning by creating an atmosphere conducive to freedom and creativity. He prescribes an inspiring educational future that is thoroughly democratic and experiential, and one that utilizes the entire community as a classroom.

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Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice

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Goyal, a 20-year-old education reform activist and the 2013 recipient of the Freedom Flame Award, criticizes America's traditional schools, with their heavy focus on grades and standardized testing ... Read full review

SCHOOLS ON TRIAL: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice

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A journalist argues that conventional schools are oppressive, anti-democratic, and even harmful to children. Goyal (One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School, 2012), currently an ... Read full review


The Radical Notion That Children Are People
The Disturbing Origins of Compulsory Schooling
No Child Left Uncontrolled
The Right to Learn Freely
The Right to Play
Schools Where Children Can Be Themselves
Not Your Fathers Shop Class
Enrolling in the Real World
School Without Walls
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Nikhil Goyal is a PhD candidate in Sociology of Education at the University of Cambridge and journalist who has appeared on MSNBC and FOX and has written for The New York Times, MSNBC, The Nation, and other publications. Goyal has also had speaking engagements with the Clinton Global Initiative University, Google, Stanford, Cambridge, SXSW, and the LEGO Foundation, among others. In 2013, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. He is also a recipient of the 2013 Freedom Flame Award. Goyal holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Education degree from the University of Cambridge.

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