Today, Seth Godin published his new (free) manifesto called Stop Stealing Dreams. As a big Godin fan, I stopped everything this morning to read this eloquent, book- length clarion call to action — a war trumpet call in these revolutionary times. And now I must stop half way through to write this post before I continue reading to the end, at which time I’m sure to have more to say.
But for now, let me pick up my own horn for a moment and blast:
Download Stop Stealing Dreams — Godin offers it in any form you need: pdf, print, ebook, browser screen. Read it and give your attention to what Godin has to tell you. With a work like this available to every person, there is absolutely no excuse to continue the century long charade any longer.
Schools must be reinvented. This is a matter of national and state and local and personal imperative. To save our kids and also to save ourselves.
Do you think this is an exaggeration?
Read Stop Stealing Dreams and think again.
Each of us — students, parents, educators, workers and citizens employed and unemployed, retired and un-retired — must understand. We must understand that we face unprecedented challenges — but also opportunities — in an economy that will most likely remain changed forever.
And we must understand that schools designed to produce turn-of-the-century factory workers unmistakably harm kids’ chances to succeed in the world.
Stop Stealing Dreams explains why and how — simply and directly and passionately.
And after we understand why and how? Next comes action. The hard part. Each of us — students and parents and educators and business leaders and citizens — must insist on real, core change. Change that produces creative, inquiring, challenging students who will be rewarded in a economy and will contribute to a world that needs creative problem solvers and challengers of the status quo.
These are our schools. Ours. And it’s not about reform. As Godin says in the manifesto, “No tweaks. Revolution.”
Do I sound like an activist?
Well, maybe I am.
Maybe this is a good time to tell my story. I think that’s where I’ll start tomorrow — after I read the rest of Stop Stealing Dreams tonight.
In the meantime, if you want to watch an amazing, short video on the need to reinvent schools, this one by Sir Ken Robertson (Godin links to this, too) is worth every second of attention: