I first heard of, and then peeked, at Seth Godin’s manifesto, “Stop Stealing Dreams,” via Twitter. I was reminded of it again by one of the regular readers/commenters on this blog – thanks, Jim P.! This manifesto is one of the more thought provoking works I have read in the past year. The manifesto/book is available free for download – the link is at the end of this post.
I want to highlight some of the ideas as an inducement to get you to read the entire manifesto – well worth an hour or two to read through this provocative and thoughtful writing. The manifesto consists of 132 short paragraphs in large print spread over 191 pages – so I will list the paragraph number and the page number as dual references to particular ideas or quotes.
- 4/12 – What is school for? To his points I would add – what are the distinctive goals of Christian schools?
- 8/21 – “Does the curriculum you teach now make our society stronger?” To which I would add – does it produce a passion in kids for the kingdom of Jesus Christ?
- 11/24 – “Do we need more fear? Less passion?” ; 29/45, 46 – fear and passion as the two tools that educators have to work with
- 14/27 – Seth’s question for school boards: “What are you doing to fuel my kid’s dreams?”
- 17/29 – A dozen ways to reinvent school
- 22/37, 94/128 – Scarcity and abundance
- 39/61 – Assemblers or linchpins/artists?
- 40/62, 63 – Why school needs to be more like FIRST robotics
- 57-60/82-88 – The problem of small dreams and dreamers
- 73/105 – Slader – Cliff Notes for math – see any problem worked out
- 74/107 – The role of the teacher in a post union era
- 90/124 – Average American’s annual amount of reading and high student expectations
- 92/127 – Do kids achieve because of or in spite of schooling?
- 95/130, 116/161, 124/175, 127/180, 129/183 – The coming melt-down of colleges
- 106/146 – Why not teach these topics instead?
- 113/156 – What is the value of advanced math?
- 121/169 – Why homeschooling isn’t the answer for most
- 123/174 – The new role of libraries
I hope you take the time to read this manifesto and reflect on what Godin is saying. He is making a significant contribution to the discussion how school needs to change and focus on different kinds of things with kids. Here is the link to access the material.