Read Seth Godin’s Education Manifesto/Rant “Stop Stealing Dreams”

I finally finished Seth’s new “freely available” education Manifesto “Stop Stealing Dreams”. I really liked it. It builds on his book Linchpin and leverages a lot of Sir Ken Robinson. If you’ve read these then be prepared for a lot of overlap at the beginning.

The ebook is written in blog style and numbered. Here is a sampling. enjoy 🙂

35. Off the hook: Denying opportunities for greatness
Greatness is frightening. With it comes responsibility.

40. What they teach at FIRST ( the Robotics organization). My niece and nephew are really into this. The statistics are amazing. I particularly like “More than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities.”

09. What great teachers have in common is the ability to transfer emotion

61. Is it possible to teach willpower?
After all, willpower is the foundation of every realized dream.

66. Avoiding commitment
A byproduct of industrialization is depersonalization. Because no one is responsible for anything that we can see, because deniability is built into the process, it’s easy and tempting to emotionally check out, to go along to get along.

72. Beyond the Khan Academy

85. Which comes first, passion or competence?

106. The third reason they don’t teach computer science in public school
“The first reason is classic: it’s a new topic, and changing the curriculum is political, expensive, and time-consuming. The bias is to leave it alone.”

107.An aside about law school — “What any lawyer will tell you, though, is that law school doesn’t teach you how to be a lawyer.”

110 Talent vs. Education “Fortunately, most of us are of a different belief, willing to imagine that there are so many opportunities in our fast-moving culture that drive, when combined with background and belief, can overcome a lack of talent nine times out of ten.”

130 Whose Dream? — “When we let our kids dream, encourage them to contribute, and push them to do work that matters, we open doors for them that will lead to places that are difficult for us to imagine.”

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