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Humanizing the Education Machine by Brian Cahill, Bill Latham, Rex Miller

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Chapter 4The Learning Manifesto

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

—H. G. Wells

In Chapter 1, I write that this book is a manifesto for a secret, but emerging, revolution. I also explain, “After 60 years of studies, we don't have time for more research, reform measures, or debate. The revolution has already started. It is even now overthrowing an obsolete industrial regime, structure, and set of values. That insurgency will reclaim learning as a fundamentally human experience.”

Manifest is, of course, the root word for manifesto. So a manifesto is a statement that is “easy to perceive or recognize . . . a statement in which someone makes his or her intentions or views easy for people to ascertain.”1 It is an articulation that is so manifestly true that virtually anyone can see it. It is not a proposal or an argument; it states what people already know but may have forgotten.

As the MindShift team worked on this book, we saw the need to drive a stake into the ground, to mark a spot, to recognize that we have passed through an historic sea change. In other words, right here is where we stand right now. We don't have to fight old battles or exhume the cadavers of earlier eras. The world has changed. And we wanted to say it with sufficient clarity that it would be manifestly true.

A Stake in the Ground

When tools and processes are borrowed from an external source—such as a book, a model that worked sometime somewhere, or an outside agency—they ...

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