The Sidekick Manifesto
Learning is human
Like humans, learning is multi-faceted. It's personal, social, and systemic all at once. And, just like humans, it natural. That makes learning a science and teachers engineers. Learning is not an algorithm. Computers compute; humans learn. Screens don't teach; people learn from people.
Potential is equitable
High-performing, struggling; young, old; rich, poor; black, white; Spanish-speaking, deaf, autistic: potential has no preference. If our grown-up superheroes don't represent our teenagers, it's on us to figure out what went wrong.
Teenagers are superheroes
They are smarter, stronger, braver, and more zealous than the rest of us. They're also a bit more self-centered. It's up to us to train, care for, and respect them like they deserve, so they foster their superpowers, join the light side, and change worlds.