It's not that Seth Godin is saying anything novel. But it is that he is leveraging via his appeal and his connections a will for others to think about learning and public schooling. I'm half-way through Godin's manifesto, Stop Stealing Dreams and want to recommend that you take a couple of hours and read it and then get some others to do so as well and then let's talk about it and see what we can put together and what we can dismantle.
I know that a lot of artists stop by my blog and so I am appealing especially to you. Godin says that an artist "is someone who brings new thinking and generosity to his work, who does human work that changes another for the better" (section 39). I think we know that and certainly I recognize those qualities and actions in the work and heart of so many of you.
Godin writes (from section 39):
The future of our economy lies with the impatient. The linchpins and the artists
and the scientists who will refuse to wait to be hired and will take things into
their own hands, building their own value, producing outputs others will gladly
pay for. Either they’ll do that on their own or someone will hire them and give
them a platform to do it.
The only way out is going to be mapped by those able to dream.I have invited Arne Duncan to a Google hangout I plan to host to discuss the manifesto and what in our national ed plan is supportive of a pedagogy of dreams and what is in the way of children dreaming powerfully. I'll post the date and time and let you know.