I have been writing about the failure of our educational system to incorporate technology in a way that would truly benefit students. However, after reading Seth Godin’s Manifesto, Stop Stealing Dreams, technology is minor compared with the real problem with the United States educational system today.
To sum it up, when the U.S. school system was created, the major goal was to turn out a stream of compliant factory workers. The school system has never changed even though our country has. What is rewarded above anything else in public school? Obedience! Everyone must move at the same pace. Passion is killed. Tests destroy a love of learning.
Seth Godin wants his Manifesto shared. Download Stop Stealing Dreams for free. The Manifesto is made up of about 130 short essays. They are all numbered for reference purposes. Every Sunday I am going to share one of the essays on my blog to help get the word out. Although I plan on sharing them in order, I want to start with a short one today because of all the above material, so today you will be getting number 5.
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5. Column A and Column B
Supportive ———————————- >
Which column do you pick? Whom do you want to work for or work next to? Whom do you want to hire? Which doctor do you want to treat you? Whom do you want to live with?
Last question: If you were organizing a trillion-dollar, sixteen-year indoctrination program to turn out the next generation of our society, which column would you build it around?
This is more of a rant than a book. It’s written for teenagers, their parents, and their teachers. It’s written for bosses and for those who work for those bosses. And it’s written for anyone who has paid taxes, gone to a school board meeting, applied to college, or voted.
Please share this with everyone you know. Download Seth Godin’s full Manifesto of Stop Stealing Dreams. Come back a read another essay from the book each Sunday.
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