Stop Stealing Dreams and the Condition of the Educational System in America

I am going to start a series of Heavy Breathing Podcasts based o Seth Godin’s Manifesto: Stop Stealing Dreams. I encourage you to read what he has written – I agree with the thoughts, philosophies, and information he shares. I’ll be exploring his points from the perspective of a parent of teenagers, and given that I know the system is broken, I still don’t know what alternative to offer my children that will fit in enough of a social box for them to understand and be empowered. I will also be exploring it from the perspective of a successful small business owner, who employs people and who would avoid traditional employment myself in the future where ever entrepreneurship is possible.



If I see you in person I will be asking you to read this book. If I chat with you on Facebook, you’ll see a ton of it in my news stream. I think it is a critically important topic to explore – and time is of the essence. Read it!


“The economy has changed, probably forever.

School hasn’t.

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.” Read more on the original post by Seth Godin

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. (Just added an audio reading by Dave Wakefield all the way at the bottom of this page).
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. (And I fixed two typos and added the missing link to Doc’s book).
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. Now improved with easy to link to chapters…
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.
Improved Nook edition
Devon built this for us.
42 quotations from the manifesto
Ivana takes her pick of 42 tweetable quotes.