Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Educating the Next Steve Jobs

Interesting article over at The Wall Street Journal by Tony Wagner about how schools can teach students to be more innovative.

"In conventional schools, students learn so that they can get good grades. My most important research finding is that young innovators are intrinsically motivated. The culture of learning in programs that excel at educating for innovation emphasize what I call the three P's—play, passion and purpose. The play is discovery-based learning that leads young people to find and pursue a passion, which evolves, over time, into a deeper sense of purpose." 

The irony of course is that Steve Jobs was not a product of the education system either..... he dropped out of university and went his own way. So, while I agree with the article maybe Steve Jobs was a bad example to use.

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