Thursday, October 20, 2011

Education: "The-Skill-That-Must-Not-Be-Named"

Gallup published results of attitudes to entrepreneurship among American students (5-12 grades):
Nearly 8 in 10 students (77%) in grades 5 through 12 say they want to be their own boss, 45% say they plan to start their own business, and 42% say they will invent something that changes the world.

It's great that four in ten students think about inventing something. This should lead us to a logical conclusion that at least some rudimentary invention skills ought to be taught at school. But the idea of teaching invention is unthinkable many, including the Gallup researchers. The only education-related questions they ask are about business and finance:

How the aspiring inventors - 4 out of 10 students - will learn to change the world?

tags: education, information, creativity, problem

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