Monday, November 5, 2012

nikhil goyal - city as school - no?


Nikhil Goyal, student and author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School

1. Make cities our classrooms. Let's treat cities as schools where children learn through experiential learning and learning by doing -- projects, apprenticeships, working with mentors, and traveling. The community should be our curriculum where we redefine the essentials. In this model, the teacher becomes the "architect of opportunity" and a facilitator.


Imagine if the city is the school.
As a high-school student, I would love to witness millions of young people go door to door and hand out food and water and blankets, clean up debris, and organize food and clothing drives. My generation is crying out for opportunities to be a part of something bigger than themselves. This would stamp their identities onto rebuilding these devastated communities. This is our call to action. There’s no age limit to partake in the recovery effort.
Sure, if millions of children go to school they will have more hours of instruction added to their bullion, but the opportunity cost is tremendously high. Helping with relief efforts may very well become these kids’ best learning experience of their lives.