My Education Manifesto

I've been involved in learning and education for over 5 years, enough time to start to make sense of my values and preferences -- what I stand for in education. So I've created a first draft education manifesto, to seek comment, feedback and discussion.

Why have a manifesto?

I want to explain to others what I'm up to in education, join forces with other like minded people, do a gap analysis and enable others to critique my approach.

(Format and ideas inspired by the Agile Manfesto

Education Manifesto

We are uncovering better ways to learn by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:
  • Learner led over leader led
  • Working on the learning environment over working on the learner
  • Intrinsic satisfaction over token rewards
  • Right pace over race to results
  • Deep understanding over memorisation
  • Working through struggle and mistakes over showing off perfection
  • Coaching and mentoring over micro-management
  • Questions from the learner over questions from the leader


  • Create an ideal environment for learning. Think about productive environments and the activity they encourage, e.g. library, workshop, artists studio, music practice room. 
  • Recognise energy now and choose task appropriately. If energy remains low, respect this and try something else.
  • Regular feedback to leader and learner to drive improvement. Respect learner's readiness for feedback and seek permission periodically (not continuously).
  • Deliberate practice builds mastery.
  • Connected learning to learner's needs + desires. "What does this mean for me?" is a great question.


Let me know what you think...

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