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An Early Manifesto on Education

A manifesto is a published declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government.[1][2][3][4] A manifesto usually accepts a previously published opinion or public consensus or promotes a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out changes the author believes should be made. It often is political or artistic in nature, but may present an individual's life stance. Manifestos relating to religious belief are generally referred to as creeds.


It is derived from the Italian word manifesto, itself derived from the Latin manifestum, meaning clear or conspicuous. Its first recorded use in English is from 1620, in Nathaniel Brent's translation of Paolo Sarpi's History of the Council of Trent: "To this citation he made answer by a Manifesto" (p. 102). Similarly, "They were so farre surprised with his Manifesto, that they would never suffer it to be published" (p. 103).[5]

Educational manifestos

Educational manifestos are documents proposing a change or changes to a current education system.[6][unreliable source?] They can be written by governing bodies, organizations, or individuals involved in education as parents, student, administrators, or other stakeholders.[7][specify] The writer or writers are positioned as a minority group, with manifestos aimed at a majority group. Educational manifestos include personal or group beliefs about what is important or right in education, make statements about the current state of education, differentiate common terms in education, and make suggestions for changing current education systems.[8][self-published source]

They can often include observations about society and whether or not students are prepared to participate fully in it when they are finished with mandatory schooling.[9][self-published source] These observations can include a perceived misalignment between mandatory school and society, an unjust, unfair, or right aspect of education, or perceived lack of personalization in learning. Other topics that are frequently addressed in educational manifestos include curriculum, funding, personalization, class size, teacher burnout, and standardized testing, among others.[9][self-published source]

These manifestos may offer a reflection or rethinking of some aspect of education or teaching and learning.[10][self-published source] These may include personal stories, quotes, anecdotes, or experiences in the classroom or administration. The reflection or rethinking serves to illustrate how or why an aspect of an educational system requires change.[11] These reflections often remind readers of the importance of positive, consistent teacher-student relationships in a good education system.[9][self-published source]

Educational manifestos call for reflection or 'rethinking' on the part of the majority in education, offer a reason to hope for change, and make recommendations to put change into action.[10][self-published source] Reasons for hope can include anecdotes from students, teachers, or parents, or a callback to what motivates teachers and students to teach and learn together. Manifestos written by individuals frequently conclude by sharing techniques, tactics, or philosophies that the writer has found helpful in their own teaching or administrative practice.[12][unreliable source?] Those written by groups or organizations include recommendations for initiating or continuing change in appropriate areas.

Notable manifestos


Examples of notable manifestos:


1IERE MANIFESTE DE LA REVUE D'ART "LE STYLE" [sic], published in 1918

Scientific and educational



See also


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster online dictionary definition of Manifesto Archived August 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (in German). Archived from the original on September 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), article on "Wahlprogramm", literally "election programme".
  3. ^ definition of Manifesto Archived August 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ David Robertson, The Routledge Dictionary of Politics, Edition 3, Psychology Press, 1890 p. 295 Archived April 25, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, ISBN 0415323770, 9780415323772
  5. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
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  21. ^ Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies 27(6), An Van Dienderen & Kris Rutten, 2013, p. 655-660.
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  24. ^ "A Brief History of Debian - The Debian Manifesto". December 31, 2011. Archived from the original on April 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
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  27. ^ "The Mozilla Manifesto". Retrieved 2012.
  28. ^ Guerilla Open Access Manifesto. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017. External link in |website= (help)
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  30. ^ "The Hardware Hacker Manifesto - I, Hacker". Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
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  32. ^ "The Reactive Manifesto". Archived from the original on September 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  33. ^ "The Racket Manifesto". Archived from the original on April 29, 2018. Retrieved 2019.

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