Creating Innovators

Creating Innovators

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Wagner, Tony | Compton, Robert A. Scribner, 2012
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One of the few things today’s economists agree on is the importance of innovation in bringing about a full-scale, long-term economic recovery. Unfortunately, the United States’ national ranking among innovators is falling. In Creating Innovators, educator Tony Wagner argues that the country’s education system, with its outmoded teaching strategies and growing reliance on compliance-based systems of accountability, contributes to mediocrity by failing to nurture and even by actively discouraging the very skills and talents that cultivate young innovators. Drawing on more than 150 interviews with young innovators, parents, teachers, mentors, businesspeople, military members, and academic theorists, Wagner identifies a common developmental progression in innovators from play to passion to purpose. He also suggests what needs to change in business and education to encourage innovation in the future.