Today’s guest blogger is none other than Seth Godin. Please read on, download his file, share it with others and help make a change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.