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1. Preface: Education transformed

Connection economy

Connect with what you're learning and doing

Mind map with Topics 71-133

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2. A few notes about this manifesto

3. Back to (the wrong) school

The disconnect

If you do a job where someone tells you exactly what to do, he will find someone cheaper than you to do it

4. What is school for?

Current schooling: poor connections

5. Column A and Column B

Column B: obedient

Column A: the opposite

6. Changing what we get, because we’ve changed what we need

Challenge is to change the very output of the school before we start spending even more time and money improving the performance of the school

7. Mass production desires to produce mass

8. Is school a civic enterprise?

9. Three legacies of Horace Mann

10. Frederick J. Kelly and your nightmares

11. To efficiently run a school, amplify fear (and destroy passion)

12. Is it possible to teach attitudes?

We can teach people to desire lifelong learning, to express themselves, and to innovate

13. Which came first, the car or the gas station?

In the post-job universe, workers aren’t really what we need more of

14. The wishing and dreaming problem

What are we doing to fuel our kid’s dreams?

15. “When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut assistant”

16. School is expensive

What is school for?

17. Reinventing school

It's time for change because new technologies and new connections are changing the way schools can deliver lessons

18. Fast, flexible, and focused

19. Dreams are difficult to build and easy to destroy

The dreams we need are self-reliant dreams

20. Life in the post-institutional future

Connection revolution rewards the work of passionate individuals, intent on carving their own paths

21. Two bumper stickers

Make School Different

22. The connection revolution is upon us

Connections will become the dominant force in our economy


Value is created by connecting buyers to sellers, producers to consumers, and the passionate to each other

Connection leads to an extraordinary boost in productivity, efficiency, and impact

In the connected world, reputation is worth more than test scores

The connected world rewards those with an uncontrollable itch to make and lead and matter

Pre-connected vs. connected world

23. And yet we isolate students instead of connecting them

Figuring out how to leverage the power of the group is at the heart of how we are productive today

24. If education is the question, then teachers are the answer

25. What if we told students the truth?

What happens when the connection revolution collides with the school?

The connection economy destroys the illusion of control

26. School as a contract of adhesion

27. The decision

The only people who excel are those who have decided to do so

28. Exploiting the instinct to hide

The shortcut to compliance is fear

29. The other side of fear is passion

Passion can overcome fear—the fear of losing, of failing, of being ridiculed

30. The industrial age pervaded all of our culture

31. Doubt and certainty

Our new civic and scientific and professional life is all about doubt: questioning the status quo, questioning marketing or political claims, and most of all, questioning what’s next

32. Does push-pin equal poetry?

Better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied

33. Who will teach bravery?

Essence of the connection revolution is that it rewards those who connect, stand out, and take what feels like a chance

34. Responsibility

Responsibility means that each person has to carry the ball for himself

Schools should be seen as a place for encouragement and truth-telling, a place where students go to find their passion and then achieve their goals

35. Off the hook: Denying opportunities for greatness

Connectors are noticeable at first primarily for the fact that they refuse to be sheep

Are you bold enough to put yourself on the hook?

36. Instead of amplifying dreams, school destroys them

37. The curse of the hourly wage

38. Scientific management —> Scientific schooling

39. Where did the good jobs go?

Jobs of the future will require individuals willing to chart their own path, whether or not they work for someone else

Artist is someone who brings new thinking and generosity to his work, who does human work that changes another for the better

Linchpin is the worker we can’t live without, the one we’d miss if she was gone

Sadly, most artists and most linchpins learn their skills and attitudes despite school, not because of it

40. What they teach at FIRST

When you dream of making an impact, obstacles are a lot easier to overcome

41. Judgment, skill, and attitude

Can we teach people to care?

42. Can you teach Indian food?

43. How not to teach someone to be a baseball fan

The industrialized, scalable, testable solution is almost never the best way to generate exceptional learning

44. Defining the role of a teacher

We don’t need a human being standing next to us to lecture us on how to find the square root of a number or sharpen an axe

What we do need is someone to persuade us that we want to learn those things, and someone to push us or encourage us or create a space where we want to learn to do them better

45. Shouldn’t parents do the motivating?

Parents should have the skills and the confidence and the time to teach each child what he needs to know to succeed in a new age

46. At the heart of pedagogy

Which of society’s goals are we satisfying when we spend 80 percent of the school day drilling and bullying to get kids to momentarily swallow and then regurgitate this month’s agenda?

47. Academics are a means to an end, not an end

48. The status quo pause

We can’t switch the mission unless we also switch the method

49. Compliant, local, and cheap

50. The problem with competence

Competent people resist change. Why? Because change threatens to make them less competent

51. How they saved LEGO

We’re entering a revolution of ideas while producing a generation that wants instructions instead

52. The race to the top (and the alternative)

53. The forever recession

54. Make something different

The best tactic available to every taxpayer and parent and concerned teacher is to relentlessly ask questions, not settling for the status quo

55. Make something differently

The simple way to make something different is to go about it in a whole new way

56. 1000 hours

How about devoting one hour a day to learning something new and unassigned?

57. The economic, cultural, and moral reasons for an overhaul

58. The virtuous cycle of good jobs

An economy that’s stuck needs more inventors, scientists, explorers, and artists because those are the people who open doors for others

59. The evolution of dreams

60. Dreamers are a problem

Dreamers don’t have special genes. They find circumstances that amplify their dreams.

61. Is it possible to teach willpower?

Yes but we're not teaching it

62. Pull those nails: The early creation of worker compliance

63. Is it too risky to do the right thing?

64. Connecting the dots vs. collecting the dots

The magic of connecting dots is that once you learn the techniques, the dots can change but you’ll still be good at connecting them

65. The smartest person in the room

The smartest person in the room is the room itself: the network that joins the people and ideas in the room, and connects to those outside of it

Our task is to learn how to build smart rooms—that is, how to build networks that make us smarter, especially since, when done badly, networks can make us distressingly stupider

66. Avoiding commitment

At school, we have created a vacuum of self-respect, a desert with nothing other than grades or a sports team to believe in or commit to

67. The specter of the cult of ignorance

Cultural literacy is essential

If we teach our students to be passionate, ethical, and inquisitive, the facts will follow

68. The Bing detour

Do you have a habit of looking for better ways of doing things?

69. But what about the dumb parade?

School is successful… at the wrong thing

70. Grammar and the decline of our civilization

Kids don’t care because they don’t or do theyhave to

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Motivation is the only way to generate real learning, actual creativity, and the bias for action that is necessary for success