What is school for?
School was invented to create a constant stream of compliant factory workers to the growing businesses of the 1900s. It continues to do an excellent job at achieving this goal, but it's not a goal we need to achieve any longer.
In this 30,000 word manifesto, I imagine a different set of goals and start (I hope) a discussion about how we can reach them. One thing is certain: if we keep doing what we've been doing, we're going to keep getting what we've been getting.
Our kids are too important to sacrifice to the status quo.
[We have a new cover! Thanks to http://www.asasku.blogspot.com/]
The TEDx talk
How to get a free digital copy--formatted for your screen
Just click on the picture of the seagull
There are several versions of the manifesto.
One is a PDF designed to be read on your screen. Feel free to email this anyone you think might want to read it. You're also free to post it on a website, as long as you don't edit it or charge for it.
The other featured edition is a PDF formatted to be printed on any printer. Feel free to make as many copies of this as you like and hand them to people who might benefit from a discussion about what we're investing our time and our money and our future into.
If you have a Kindle or a Nook or any other device, see below for some links on how to import the PDF to your device. I also created special editions that are easy to transfer directly to the Kindle or Nook. And, as a bonus (once the guys in the Apple iTunes store approve it), an iBooks edition for the iPad.
For a list of other books by Seth Godin (that's me), scroll down to near the bottom of this page. And if you have comments about the book, feel free to post them here, or even better, on twitter #stopstealingdreams or on Facebook or your own blog!
Some of the books I reference in Stop Stealing Dreams
Ken Robinson on Creativity and Passion
Sir Ken on Creativity and schools
If I could have every administrator, teacher and parent read just one of my books...
Feel free to chime in with your comments
Do It Yourself
Colleges that Matter
Thinking Fast (and slow)
What's your take?
Should we reexamine what school is for?
Yes, we need to start making artists, not low-wage automatons
No, we need more rigor and obedience and better test scores
Deborah Kenny and the Harlem Village Academy
A teacher who mattered
Most of us have had at least one, some have been lucky to have had many. If there's a teacher who made a difference to you or your kids, give them a shoutout here.
My teaching experience
I was an adjunct professor at Mercy College, developed and taught a course on desktop publishing for the Learning Annex (which they 'shared' without asking me and used nationwide). I've taught science lectures on a volunteer basis in public elementary schools and was a popular professor the year I taught at the NYU Stern School of Business.
I founded the SAMBA alternate MBA program which I hosted in my office daily for six months, and have run a series of events and seminars and free programs around the world over the least twenty years.
I have no idea what it's like to teach full-time in an underserved education-industrial-complex high school in which the teachers are in a pitched battle with a testing-oriented system that wants nothing but to force them to act like automatons. My guess is that it's unspeakably horrible, which is why I wrote this manifesto.
Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You ... Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy
Taken with a grain of salt, Poundstone talks about the ups (and downs) of a different sort of post-industrial job interview.
Other books by Seth Godin
David Weinberger's breakthrough
Following #StopStealingDreams on Twitter
How to get any PDF document onto your Kindle
Just click the picture to see the article. It's pretty easy... you email it to a special address.
You'll also note that the ebook has been published in mobi format. All you have to do is download it to your hard drive, plug your Kindle in via the USB cable and drag the file from your hard drive to the Documents folder on your Kindle.
Sideloading to the Nook
You can also browse the file via the web. Click the picture for details on sideloading.
You'll also note that the ebook has been published in epub format. All you have to do is download it to your hard drive, plug your Nook in via the USB cable and drag the file from your hard drive to the right folder on your Nook.
A quick mind map
Thanks to Lynne Cazaly in Australia...