Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist, states that he’s “a translator between two hostile tribes” — the education world and the business world, the people who teach our kids and the people who give them jobs. His argument in the book “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World” is that K-12 and college tracks do not add value or teach the skills that are most needed in the job market.
Why is teaching skills needed in the market place so important according to Mr. Wagner?
There is no such thing as a high wage or high skilled job. One of the most important thing in education today is making every child innovation ready instead of college ready. Wagner compares his generation to today’s and makes the argument that in his generation people went and looked for jobs now people have to invent new jobs. The digital world is an innovation of itself and with all of the available information on the internet Wagner states ” because knowledge is available on every internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can with what you know.”
What does Wagner suggest for the education reform?
Wagner suggests that we teach the skill and will to learn and to make a difference as well as bringing the three most powerful ingredients of intrinsic motivation play, passion and purpose.
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