Back on April 2, 2005 I took the 95 Theses from the Cluetrain Manifesto, substituted “learning” for “markets” and “students/parents” for “customers”.
This is a long list (68 in total). Here are the ones that I single out:
# Learning is conversation.
# Learning consists of human beings, not demographic sectors.
# The Internet is enabling conversations among human beings that were simply not possible in the era of mass media.
# These networked conversations are enabling powerful new forms of social organization and knowledge exchange to emerge.
There are no secrets. The networked learners know more than schools do about their own learning. And whether the news is good or bad, they tell everyone.
# Schools that assume the online learning medium is the same as television are kidding themselves.
# Human communities are based on discourse—on human speech about human concerns.
# The community of discourse is the learning.
# Schools that do not belong to a community of discourse will die.
# There are three conversations going on. One inside the school. One among the parents. One among the students.
We are waking up and linking to each other. We are watching. But we are not waiting.