The problems with America's education system, and how to change it | Author Nikhil Goyal

  • Published on Feb 16, 2016
  • Looking at America's education system, author Nikhil Goyal (SCHOOLS ON TRIAL) sees dehumanizing institutions that enforce obedience. Through talking with students and educators, Goyal has hope for a radical restructuring of our schools that encourages creativity. Learn more about Nikhil, his books, and his speaking here:
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    Are America’s schools little more than cinder-block gulags that spawn vicious cliques and bullying, negate creativity and true learning, and squelch curiosity in their inmates, um, students? In this book Goyal 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 the classroom.

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Comments • 13

  • The-McChicken :D
    The-McChicken :D 9 months ago

    Hav you been in ours schools today? BITCH LMAO

  • Dewy Drip Goo
    Dewy Drip Goo Year ago

    whatever the natural order is to him i dont want to know

  • Bre Cayri
    Bre Cayri Year ago

    He never said how to get actively involved in changing anything🙄
    I was a teacher, still am a collegiate student, have interviewed children & parents, have tutored kids, have babysat/nannied, and tbh the whole system is backward. Teachers lack, students lack, parents lack and it's all due to bad educational policies, curriculums, & assessments.

  • Julian Lagoon
    Julian Lagoon Year ago +2

    Wrong... We need to teach kids from 7th grade up things about the careers the want to pursue so America has a better economy and people will actually want to work. so sorry "know it all" teachers but the education in America needs to change big time.

  • Victoria Matthews
    Victoria Matthews 2 years ago +2

    In the USA many school systems hire younger teachers, "the Millennials aka Generation Y" from programs like America’s Choice, or Teach for America, or some other groups and develop a reciprocal partnership to get a financial, federal kick-back in funds. Why keep an experienced senior teacher making more money when they can hire an inexperienced young teacher and pay that person much less? Unfortunately, money is more important to them than cultivated education. So aside from 14th amendment violations practiced by some preferential principals, money is another motive for firing tenured senior teachers. If these senior teachers do not retire, or resign then, they are issued unsatisfactory evaluations, or their working environment is made uncomfortable. . . In other countries, experienced, senior teachers are greatly valued and respected for their knowledge. Perhaps that is the reason that “U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries.”

  • J.N.Martinez
    J.N.Martinez 2 years ago +3

    I find this video disgusting and insulting. Nikhil Goyal has never been employed as a teacher, a school administrator, or an auxiliary staff member. He has never been elected to serve on a school board. He has never been elected served on the state board of education. However, he wants to provide his opinion on the problems with the public school system. It is like an accountant telling a police officer how to be an effective police officer. This idiot thinks that interviewing different people qualifies for an opinion. This idiot needs to spend an entire school year in an urban public school before giving his unqualified opinion. The problem with the school system is that unqualified individuals who know nothing about curriculum want to provide input. Nikhil Goyal has a lot of learning to do before publishing another piece of human excrement.

    • Nathan C
      Nathan C 2 months ago

      Stfu ur probably a stupid dumbass teacher fuck this school system

    • The Diversifier
      The Diversifier 2 years ago +8

      He is so right though and it is not the teachers fault it is the higher ups. From a student perspective of a student students completely miserable.

    • Angel Mercedes
      Angel Mercedes 2 years ago +14

      I'm talking from the perspective of a student. Kids are miserable in school so of course our scores are low. Students can get depression and anxiety from school. If they have those common mental illnesses it limits their performance in the classroom. School isn't a place where kids learn for themselves. Don't blame the kids because from a young age kids love to learn. Yes,there are going to be kids that don't wanna learn but for the most part young kids want to learn. Kids will never learn in a system like this.

    • J.N.Martinez
      J.N.Martinez 2 years ago +2

      Angel Mercedes, what evidence do you have to show that his idiot is right? Zero! People like you are the reason our education system is ranked so low.

    • Angel Mercedes
      Angel Mercedes 2 years ago +8

      J.N.Martinez you are so stupid.He was right

  • Andrea Samadi
    Andrea Samadi 2 years ago

    Yes!!! Exactly right....thank you for posting this...I am going to look you up and connect. This is my mission...

  • Alexandra Golota
    Alexandra Golota 2 years ago +4

    Hi, I enjoyed your video and generally agree with what you have to say. However, your solutions seem to have been painted with a very broad brush and I was hoping you could do a follow up on exactly how you would like the education system in this country to be fixed. Perhaps in a much more specific and detailed look at real policies that could be implemented. If not, that's fine. Thanks anyways.