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The Bookshelf: Nov. 26, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Schools on Trial.

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SCHOOLS ON TRIAL: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice

by Nikhil Goyal

A journalist argues that conventional schools are oppressive, anti-democratic, and even harmful to children. Goyal … likens schools to prisons, where inmates are “cut off from the rest of society, stripped of your basic freedoms and rights, like free speech and free press, told what to do all day, and surveilled dragnet style.” … Unhappy students offer Goyal ample evidence “that schools are exhausting the gifts of creativity, curiosity, and zeal” … All students, he insists, should pursue their “passions and interests,” preferably outside of classrooms. “The ultimate dream,” he writes, “is for the city and community to be reimagined as the school itself,” where students would take advantage of libraries, museums, community centers, and even coffeehouses, learning “however, whenever, whatever, and with whomever they choose.”

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