Stop Stealing Dreams
What is school for?
The economy has changed, probably forever.
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
You can get your copy for free
Here are four versions of the manifesto. Pick the one that you need, and feel free to share. To download a file, you'll probably need the option key or the right click button on your mouse... ask a teenager if you get stuck. (Just added an audio reading by Dave Wakefield all the way at the bottom of this page).
- The On Screen version
Use this one to read it on a computer or similar device. Feel free to email to the teachers, parents and administrators in your life.
- The Printable edition
This is the same document, but formatted for your laser printer or the local copy shop. You are welcome to make copies, but please don't charge for it or edit it. (And I fixed two typos and added the missing link to Doc's book).
- Here's the Kindle edition
You'll need to download it and then plug in your Kindle via a USB cable. Drag the file to the Documents folder on your Kindle and boom, you're done. I'm told that you can also open it with the Kindle reader on your Mac, PC or iPad.
- The ePub edition
This should work with other types of ebook readers, but I haven't tested it. Your mileage may vary, and if it doesn't work, the PDF should. Readers have told me that this opens on their iPad as well.
- The manifesto in HTML on the web
Useful for cutting and pasting, I guess. The PDFs are easier to read. Now improved with easy to link to chapters...
- How I built the manifesto, plus back up links
If any of the links above don't work, you'll find back up PDF downloads here, as well as a long-ish essay about how I built them.
- Jeff's modified epub file
Jeff generously tweaked this version so it reads better on your screen. No warranties or refunds, but give it a try.
- Improved Nook edition
Devon built this for us.
- 42 quotations from the manifesto
Ivana takes her pick of 42 tweetable quotes.
- NEW! A fabulous new, easy to use audio edition
Thanks to Zia Hassan for contributing this
- The bumper sticker!
Yes, the 30,000 word manifesto has been reduced to a killer bumper sticker. Check it out.
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
Gatto is the godfather of the history-of-school-as-factory mindset. I'm in his debt, and I wish every parent would read this book.
Ken Robinson on Creativity and Passion
Another classic. Be sure to see Sir Ken's video, just below.
Sir Ken on Creativity and schools
If I could have every administrator, teacher and parent read just one of my books...
It would be this one.
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Do It Yourself
Anya takes us on a whirlwind tour of some alternatives.
Colleges that Matter
Please don't send your kid to college until you read this.
A provocative look at re-imagining education
Thinking Fast (and slow)
Already a bestseller, it provides scientific evidence to underpin so many of the assertions of the school should be better movement.
Ben and Roz Zander on one buttock playing, teaching and mattering. Buy this book. It's that good.
If we teach willpower, so many other things follow...
What's your take?
Should we reexamine what school is for?
Yes, we need to start making artists, not low-wage automatons
Deborah Kenny and the Harlem Village Academy
Deborah's autobiography, out in June. A personal story of how she came to make such an impact.
My teaching experience
I got my first gig as a teacher up in Canada at the age of 16, teaching style canoeing to hundreds of kids every summer. In college, I was the youngest computer science TA the department had ever had, and did it for three years as I developed and taught a lecture series to classes as big as a hundred.
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.
Taken with a grain of salt, Poundstone talks about the ups (and downs) of a different sort of post-industrial job interview.
More free stuff from Seth
Two blogs, free ebooks, book recommendations and more
- An overview of my work
This is a great place to start if you're new to my books and work.
- Posts about my recent experiments in book publishing
The Domino Project published a dozen bestsellers in a row. This blog chronicles what we did and what we learned.
- The original blog, updated daily
Since 2000 (or something like that)
David Weinberger's breakthrough
A rare classic, something that will turn your view of the world upside down.
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...
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.