Episode 19: Nikhil Goyal, Author, Speaker, Activist (and High School Student)


“Education only happens when kids have an interest.” – Nikhil Goyal

This episode features Nikhil Goyal, who at 17 years old is publishing a book about how we need to completely revolutionize our educational system and process. Nikhil has passionate views and is deeply engaged in the national conversation. He recently spoke at the TEDx Cibeles conference in Madrid, Spain, where he actually trended on Twitter. We had a lively conversation, so check it out!

Nikhil’s book, One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School will be published in September 2012 by Alternative Education Resource Organization. He will be presenting at a plenary session of the School’s Out Washington Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back Conference on October 8-9, 2012 in Seattle, WA. The Bridge Conference sponsored this episode, which is so appropriate, since the theme of this year’s conference is Empowering Youth Voices.

Blog: We Need a Learning Revolution!

By Zak Malamed, Student & Activist

“The Gates Foundation, among other corporate powers, has exerted their influence on the DOE. This leaves the student voice on the backburner. It also leaves public schools on the backburner.”
– Zak Malamed

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Please Speak Freely

On Please Speak Freely, Eric Gurna, founder of Development Without Limits interviews leading thinkers, artists and others to shed light on key issues and explore different perspectives about youth development and education. The idea is to get past the platitudes and institutional positions, and have honest, nuanced conversations about things that really matter to young people and communities. Please Speak Freely guests include:

  • Raffi, Children’s Troubadour and Founder of the Centre for Child Honouring
  • Alfie Kohn, Author of several books including Punished By Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve
  • Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education at New York University
  • Karen Pittman, President & CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment
  • Tony Smith, Former Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District
  • Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom” and Author of Free-Range Kids

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