Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00For this week’s issue, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Nikhil Goyal, Syosset High School senior and educational reformer; I was tempted there to write “budding educational reformer,” but given the fact that he’s already written a book and speaks to experts in all realms of education on a daily basis, I think it’s safe to say he’s already there.
When we spoke over the phone, he had just gotten off the plane on the West Coast, presumably for one of his many speaking engagements. I tried to imagine myself in his position at that age, and found I couldn’t do it; even as a “good” student, at 17 years of age, I was still concerned with deciding who I wanted to be when I grew up. It would never have occurred to me, as it obviously did to Nikhil, that I didn’t have to reach a certain age before getting started on anything.
One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School is a bold book; the kind of book you don’t necessarily have to be young and virtually fearless to write, but it probably helps. I found I didn’t agree with all of Goyal’s suggestions for how to fix our struggling public educational system, but his assessment of virtually everything we’re doing wrong is absolutely on the nose.
If you pick up a copy of the book, you may take issue with some of his bolder claims—maybe even to the point of anger—but you won’t be able to deny the basic argument of the book, which is that education in this country is due for a radical change, and making students fill in an ever-increasing supply of testing bubbles on a scantron isn’t the answer; merely a painful symptom of a much larger disease. Goyal quotes Henry David Thoreau at one point, and while I don’t know how Thoreau would have felt about modern education (though he might have run back into the woods for a few years rather than deal with it), I’ll bet Thoreau would have approved of Goyal’s book. It’s heavy with the weight of difficult, but necessary truths.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
During its April and May meetings, the Birchwood Civic Association welcomed Board of Education members and candidates from the Syosset School District, as well as Board of Education members and administrators from the Jericho School District to discuss budget proposals and issues facing the districts. The BCA voted to endorse both the Syosset and Jericho budgets, as well as the Jericho Library budget, acknowledging that all made a strong effort to retain programs while staying below the state tax levy cap. In addition, the BCA voted in support of Jericho's Proposition 2 regarding the establishment of a capital reserve fund. The Syosset Library budget was not reviewed.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Susan Parker, a resident of Syosset for 24 years, is running for a trustee seat on the Syosset Board of Education.
A mother of three and employee of the Syosset Fire District for the past seven years, Parker has been an active PTA member for the past 21 years on a local and county level. Parker received her BS from SUNY Binghampton and her MBA from Boston University. Parker says she has two “gainfully employed” graduates of the school district, and a son currently attending Syosset High School.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Syosset Braves varsity boys lacrosse team (7-1) were victorious over the Plainview JFK Hawks (5-3) last Friday afternoon, 12-5 in Conference I play. The Braves are the number two seed going into the playoffs, and the Hawks are the number six seed.
Ending the first two periods with a 6-2 lead, the Braves’ defense reduced Plainview’s potential comeback to only one goal, while Syosset scored four.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Monmouth University sophomore Ashley Sandler of Jericho was named Northeast Conference tennis co-player of the week in April. The Syosset High School grad earned her second career league honor after posting a 4-0 record, including a 3-0 NEC mark, in a week that saw the Blue and White go 3-1.
Sandler did not drop a game in rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win over La Salle’s Allison Amrein then stopped Wagner’s Rachel Jurgielewicz, 6-0, 6-4. Sandler edged the Mount’s Renee Deane in a marathon three-set affair, winning 6-2, 3-6, 13-11 and ended her week with another 6-0, 6-0 victory, this time over St. Francis’(Brooklyn) Akuila Edwards.