One Size Does Not Fit All


A Student's Assessment of School

By Nikhil Goyal,  Foreword by Don Tapscott, author of the bestselling book, Wikinomics.


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?

Nowadays, nearly every educator-pundit, Wall Street tycoon, and Hollywood mogul has his or her recipe for education in the 21st century. It's high time to learn the views and recommendations of a thoughtful young person. And what high school student Nikhil Goyal has to say, on the basis of his research, interviews, and reflections, is well worth pondering.

— Howard Gardner, Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of Truth Beauty and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Era of Truthiness and Twitter

What a wonderful book! I nominate Nikhil for U.S. Secretary of Education!

— Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education and New York Times bestselling author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System

One Size Does Not Fit All is an exceptionally eloquent cri de coeur for change.

— Don Tapscott, bestselling author of Wikinomics

A wonderful read; full of ideas, proposals and examples to fruitfully mull over — some new, some old — all from a fresh perspective.

— Deborah Meier, Senior Scholar at NYU Steinhardt School of Education

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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