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

How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice

By Nikhil Goyal

Doubleday Books, 9780385540124, 320pp.

Publication Date: February 16, 2016



"Schools on Trial" is an all-in attack on the American way of education and a hopeful blueprint for change by one of the most passionate and certainly youngest writers on this subject.

Are America's schools little more than cinder-block gulags that spawn vicious cliques and bullying, negate creativity and true learning, andsquelch curiosity in their inmates, um, students?Nikhil Goyal a journalist and activist all oftwenty years old, whom "The Washington Post"has dubbed a future education secretary and"Forbes" has named to its 30 Under 30 list definitely thinks so. In this book he both offersa 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 toharness children's natural aptitude for learningby creating an atmosphere conducive to freedom and creativity. He prescribes an inspiringeducational future that is thoroughly democraticand experiential, and one that utilizes the entire community as a classroom.

About the Author

Nikhil Goyal is a 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, the University of Cambridge, SXSW, and theLEGO Foundation, among others. In 2013, hewas named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. He isalso a recipient of the 2013 Freedom FlameAward. He lives in New York."