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Nikhil Goyal

Nominated for the U.S. Secretary of Education by Diane Ravitch and lauded as an “emerging voice of his generation,” at age 17, Nikhil Goyal is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School by the Alternative Education Resource Organization. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox and Friends, Fox Business: Varney & Co., NBC Nightly News, and Huffington Post. Nikhil has spoken to thousands at conferences and TEDx events around the world from Qatar to Spain and has guest lectured at Baruch College in New York. He is leading a Learning Revolution movement to transform the American school system. A senior at Syosset High School, Nikhil lives with his family in Woodbury, New York. To contact, email him at ngoyal2013 at gmail.com.
Nikhil Goyal has written 12 posts for Cooperative Catalyst

GOOD Education: Best of 2012: The Five Most Extraordinary Things to Happen in Education

This piece originally appeared on GOOD: Best of 2012: The Five Most Extraordinary Things to Happen in Education It’s been quite an incredible year in the education space. While we’ve witnessed a surge in the number of politicians with no education experience make decisions on how schools should run and a wider adoption of nonsensical ideas … Continue reading

GOOD Education: Kicker: New Media Startup Fights Back Against the Dumbing Down of America

This piece originally appeared on GOOD Education: Kicker: New Media Startup Fights Back Against the Dumbing Down of America. Who is Osama bin Laden? Is he famous? Is he in a band as well? And why should I care? These were all questions that teenagers tweeted in May 2011 on the night President Obama announced that … Continue reading

GOOD Education: The Rise of Democratic Schools and ‘Solutionaries’: Why Adults Need to Get Out of the Way

This piece originally appeared on GOOD Education: The Rise of Democratic Schools and ‘Solutionaries’: Why Adults Need to Get Out of the Way Twenty years ago at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, a 12-year-old girl from Canada, “silenced the world for six minutes” with her raw and powerful oration lambasting adults for dumping … Continue reading

GOOD Education: Students For Education Reform? Not the Change We Need

This piece originally appeared on GOOD Education: Students For Education Reform? Not the Change We Need. It all began in early August of this year. Stephanie Rivera, a student at Rutgers University and future teacher, published a gutsy, investigative piece uncovering the lunacy behind Students for Education Reform, an organization founded by two Princeton students, Catharine Bellinger and Alexis Morin. … Continue reading

GOOD Education: Whatever Happens on Election Day, We Have to Be the Ones Driving Educational Change

This piece originally appeared in GOOD Education: Whatever Happens on Election Day, We Have to Be the Ones Driving Educational Change Tomorrow, America heads to the polls to elect a president—one that will set the educational agenda for the next four years. President Obama and Governor Romney are so eager to tackle education that although the … Continue reading

GOOD Education: Where Does Mitt Romney Really Stand on Standardized Testing?

This piece originally appeared on GOOD Education: Where Does Mitt Romney Really Stand on Standardized Testing? You’d expect the man who could very well be the next leader of the free world, Governor Mitt Romney, to have a solid answer to a question about the trend of high-stakes testing. It costs school districts billions of dollars, and … Continue reading

New York Times: Invitation to a Dialogue: A Student’s Call to Arms

The following is an invitation to dialogue in the New York Times on education. I would love if you submit a letter to the editor. It is preferred by Wednesday afternoon. Thank you!  This appeared in the New York Times: Invitation to a Dialogue: A Student’s Call to Arms  When President George W. Bush signed No … Continue reading

GOOD Education: Chicago Teachers’ Strike Lesson: We Need Autonomous Educators, Not Corporate Reform

This piece originally appeared on GOOD Education: Chicago Teachers’ Strike Lesson: We Need Autonomous Educators, Not Corporate Reform.  One week ago, the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education reached an agreement on teacher contracts. But, what most pundits still don’t realize is that the strike wasn’t really about the contracts or the unions. It was … Continue reading

GOOD Education: Schools Don’t Need Reform, They Need Revolution

Nominated for the U.S. Secretary of Education by Diane Ravitch and lauded as an “emerging voice of his generation,” at age 17, Nikhil Goyal is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School by the Alternative Education Resource Organization. This piece originally appeared on GOOD Education: Schools Don’t Need Reform, … Continue reading

My NBC Nightly News Interview on Teachers

Yesterday, I was interviewed on NBC News on my recently released book One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School. The Kindle/Nook version is out next week! Here it is! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments. Time to treat teachers like “nation builders.” Here’s the video: One Size … Continue reading

Principals Beware, Cheating is Rampant

This post originally appeared on NBC Education Nation’s The Learning Curve blog: Nikhil Goyal is a 17-year-old author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School to be published in September 2012 by the Alternative Education Resource Organization.  In June, a cheating scandal rocked Stuyvesant High School, one of New York City’s most prestigious public … Continue reading

Will the Real Students Please Stand Up?

“This article comes to us from Education Nation’s The Learning Curve blog.” In the education reform conversation, we have heard from educators, parents, administrators, and policymakers, but we are missing the most authentic, indispensable voice – the student. It troubles me that the people most affected by the actions made by policymakers have absolutely no say in the decision-making … Continue reading

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