Public education graded at Lifetree Cafe

The state of public education will be examined at Lifetree Cafe at noon and 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The program, titled “Pass or Fail? The State of Education,” features filmed interviews with Nikhil Goyal, TED talk speaker and author of “One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School,” and Sajan George, the founder of Matchbook Learning, a school-turnaround organization.

“Thirteen years of being in the system annihilated my creative potential,” said Goyal, a recent high school graduate. “School stunted my creative prowess. I came to the realization that I was seen not as a human being, but as a test score.”

Goyal advocates sweeping changes in the educational system.

During the session Lifetree participants will have to opportunity to discuss the current state of public education and what changes might improve the system for schools, parents, and students.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Cafe is located at Cana, 18 S Third Street, Fort Dodge.

Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Rev. Barbara Huisman at 302-8036.