Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Student on Education Reform

When I first started this blog, I brought up an interview that Nikhil Goyal gave to Fox News on education policy. You can read those posts here and here. I haven't done a ton of research on him and his views, but what I have read and heard  has been more refreshing than the typical garbage spouted by education reformers. 

Here are some highlights: 
  • Politicians and media have listened to every person involved in education except the students. (I would argue that teachers are in the same group.)
  • Michelle Rhee's Students First group does not have any students. 
  • Education needs to be student-centered (not in the way Jeb Bush states).
  • Testing and drill-and-kill are damaging education more than helping it.
  • Schools must embrace student creativity. 
  • Talks about the creativity and highlight's Google's unique approach to it (with its 20% rule).
  • "How can we make school the best hours of the students' day?"

It's interesting how this 15-minute speech does not include any discussion about tenure, test scores, accountability, etc. What refreshing insight, especially from a student! 

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