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Creating Innovators (Enhanced eBook): The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    This book is right on. Though a strong knowledge base is import

    This book is right on. Though a strong knowledge base is important, how
    we teach it to kids and show them how to use it so that they can be more
    than passive employees is what thi book is all about. Insightful and
    absolutely inspiring. I sooooooo agree with Tony Wager. His ideas are
    what I am doing with my two kids.t

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    forbes recommended...

    see article in forbes 4/25/2004

    Creating Innovators: Why America's Education System Is Obsolete


    America’s last competitive advantage — its ability to innovate — is at risk as a result of the country’s lackluster education system, according to research by Harvard Innovation Education Fellow Tony Wagner.

    Taking the stage at Skillshare’s Penny Conference, Wagner pointed out the skills it takes to become an innovator, the downfalls of America’s current education system, and how parents, teachers, mentors, and employers can band together to create innovators.

    American schools educate to fill children with knowledge — instead they should be focusing on developing students’ innovation skills and motivation to succeed, he says:

    “Today knowledge is ubiquitous, constantly changing, growing exponentially… Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water. It’s become a commodity… There’s no competitive advantage today in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.”

    Knowledge that children are encouraged to soak up in American schools — the memorization of planets, state capitals, the Periodic Table of Elements — can only take students so far. But “skill and will” determine a child’s ability to think outside of the box, he says.

    Over two year of research involving interviews with executives, college teachers, community leaders, and recent graduates, Wagner defined the skills needed for Americans to stay competitive in an increasingly globalized workforce. As lined out in his book, “The Global Achievement Gap,” that set of core competencies that every student must master before the end of high school is:

    - Critical thinking and problem solving (the ability to ask the right questions)

    - Collaboration across networks and leading by influence

    - Agility and adaptability

    - Initiative and entrepreneurialism

    - Accessing and analyzing information

    - Effective written and oral communication

    - Curiosity and imagination

    For his latest book, “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World,” Wagner has extended his studies to address the problem of how we teach students these skills. He has come to the conclusion that our country’s economic problems are based in its education system.

    “We’ve created an economy based on people spending money they do not have to buy things they may not need, threatening the planet in the process,” he says. “We have to transition from a consumer-driven economy to an innovation-driven economy.”

    In an effort to discern teaching and parenting patterns, Wagner interviewed innovators in their 20s, followed by interviews with their parents and the influential teachers and mentors in the students’ lives. He found stunning similarities between the teaching styles and goals he encountered with these influential teachers at all levels of education and concludes, “The culture of schooling as we all know it is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators.” He identified five ways in which America’s education system is stunting innovation:

    1. Individual achievement is the focus: Students spend a bulk of their time focusing on improving their GPAs — school is a competition among peers. “But innovation is a team sport,” says Wagner. “Yes, it requires some solitude and reflection, but fundamentally problems are too complex to innovat

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    Tony Wagner, the Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology &

    Tony Wagner, the Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University, has created an impassioned guide to nurturing young innovators. He recounts the challenges creative students are facing as they struggle to change the world, and he describes the rigid educational systems they have to confront. Wagner punctuates chapter sections with Quick Response (QR) codes, which readers can scan with their smart devices to access extra materials, including interview videos that expand on key points. He offers readers take-away lessons on the importance of innovation and urges a renewed commitment to promoting innovation among young people. Parents and educators form the primary audience for Wagner’s presentation, but getAbstract also recommends his insights to anyone interested in innovation, social policy and the shaping of a vibrant economy.

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    Posted June 13, 2014

    Wouldn't work on ipad help

    This book for some reason wouldn't work in my nook app on my iPad.

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