I picked up this book largely because it contains a foreword by Bill Ayers (http://billayers.org/), who is one of my education heroes. Richards describes his book accurately. It is a manifesto, so if you go into it with that understanding, you won’t find yourself bothered by his sometimes quick sketches of ideas and his overall disinterest in providing proof. (If you’re like me, though, you will be a bit bothered by more than a few examples of poor editing.)

I found myself agreeing with Richards’ ideas, even if most were not new. We do need to do more to develop, promote, and value creativity. We do need to get ourselves and our children outside. And what is so uncomfortable about silence? I thought his argument about the influence of capitalism on education (both in terms of form and content) to be compelling. And he also made me wonder if we should be offering martial arts rather than say, basketball, for our PE classes.

We do need to change the metaphors from capitalistic, mechanistic ones to more organic and myth-oriented ones. Richards is right when he says, “If we do not tell our own story, someone else will.”

A quick read, but an important and inspiring one.

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http://www.chicagowisdomproject.org

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