- "that students learn best when they can ask the questions and develop their own answers."
- "that schools need to teach students the use of information and communication technologies so that the students with the least social and cultural capital have a chance to enter into the global conversation."
- "that we need to play."
The other day, a person I highly respect casually mentioned that they had passed my coffee-fueled "The Future of Learning Manifesto" onto a colleague. Needless to say, I was flattered. Their colleague then took parts of my original draft to mash into a conference presentation they were giving. At the end of the presentation, someone came up to him and said, "Hey, you heard about the Manifesto, too?" Go figure.
Keep in mind, neither of them knows me. And neither of them were talking about me. Instead, best of all, they were talking about themselves and there own manifesto ideas and an evolving 'next chapter' -- something created by them, something that I get to watch unfold and learn from but not claim ownership of. A creative commons idea-burst that makes me truly appreciate being part of something larger than myself.
I've had more conversations than I could have ever dreamed based on the rough, but understandably labeled 'provocative' first draft of "The Future of Learning Manifesto". My favorite feedback came from a critic, actually, who called me a "stunted adolescent" in a World of Warcraft" chatroom, of all places. I emailed him and said that I agreed that the 'voice' of the manifesto could easily be described that way. No argument there. Even better, I'm seeing more examples of others taking it to the next level, rather than just pretending that what I wrote was something truly special in its own right. Even better, many that wrote similar pieces before me that I now have the chance to read and learn from. I plan on stripping my own first draft down at some point and seeing if it has legs with more research and tempered energy to become something more significant, or if it needs to merely tread water in its own goofy draft state.
But I'm most excited by others sharing their versions of learning in the future manifestos. Such as:
- Hugh and Gaping Void -- who was kind enough to originally post it -- but who more importantly is inspiring every industry to make a manifesto stand.
- The Learning Outside of the Classroom Manifesto (LOtC)that does mine a right kick in the pants better!
- Kathy Sierra and the Creating Passionate Users blog team who created something even better than a manifesto of learning, but clearly is in the same family.
- Chris Sessums going back to Jan 06 with his own use of a manifesto for learning.
- A UK-based learning manifesto from a tourism group to improve children's experiences outdoors.
- The high school teacher who gave it to her 11th grade students as an assignment. (I hope she's reading, so she can shoot me the link again)
- The corporate film director who could easily turn his version into something even more inspired.
- Edu-blogger Scott who created a snazzy PDF mash-up handout.
- The Canada-based library expert who not only challenges the manifesto format/spirit, but takes it to the next level and challenges all of us to do even better.
- And the afore-linked educator-on-sabbatical who has written her own and left a recent comment to let me know.
And that leaves you. Throws your "The Future of Learning Manifesto" out there to the world. Feel free to let me know and I'll link to it here. Or just do it to throw a rock of your own into the lake and see what ripples up. Either way, love to see what sparks for you!