Why Schools Don’t Teach Innovation

From Walt Gardner’s article:

Tony Wagner argues that young people in this country become innovators in spite of their schools – not because of them.”

“…most schools are designed and operated to penalize failure. Yet unless students are allowed to fail, they can’t learn. ”

“…Although grades are important, they pale beside “play, passion and purpose.”

“…Consider the widespread use of standardized tests to determine the education quality of schools. They are the wrong instrument to determine if the curriculum and instruction are developing innovative thinkers. Instead of identifying innovators, they suppress them.┬áReformers can’t have it both ways. If they want schools to develop the next Steve Jobs or J.J. Rowling, they have to let go of their obsession with test scores as indispensable evidence of quality education. “

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