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Nikhil Goyal

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Will the Real Students Please Stand Up?

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 9:02 AM

This post was originally published on 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...

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KONY 2012: Just Effing Do It!

(20) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 11:26 AM

In less than 48 hours, Invisible Children successfully hijacked social media with their effort called KONY 2012, which targets the Lord's Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony, a brutal fighter wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. By tapping into the nitwitted populace of the youth...

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It's Halftime for the American Education System

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 11:54 AM

During the Super Bowl last Sunday, a particular commercial struck a chord with me. It was Chrysler's "Halftime in America" ad starring actor Clint Eastwood.

Eastwood, the face of rugged American individualism, spoke about "tough eras" and "downturns" and "times when we didn't understand each other," but then declared:

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Live by your Word, Mr. President

(28) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 7:25 AM

Let's play a game. Can you figure out who said the following?

"...Teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren't helping kids learn."

Was it Diane Ravitch? No! Alfie Kohn? Sorry! Charlie Sheen? Are you nuts?

The answer is President...

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Steve Jobs as the Secretary of Education

(5) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 7:03 AM

When Steve Jobs was a young child, his adoptive father passed along his love of mechanics and cars to him, instilling a sense of design that would follow him for the rest of his life. Jobs gained an appreciation for the slightest details, exemplifying it in his future creations, from...

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It's Time For a Learning Revolution

(25) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 9:59 AM

The United States education system really sucks. We continue to toil in a 19th century factory-based model of education, stressing conformity and standardization. This is all true even though globalization has transformed the world we live in, flipping the status quo of the labor market upside down. The education system...

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