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The Wall Street Journal

April 13, 2012, 6:18 p.m. ET

Educating the Next Steve Jobs

How can schools teach students to be more innovative? Offer hands-on classes and don’t penalize failure

Most of our high schools and colleges are not preparing students to become innovators. To succeed in the 21st-century economy, students must learn to analyze and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure. To find out how to encourage these skills, I interviewed scores of innovators and their parents, teachers and employers. What I learned is that young Americans learn how to innovate most often despite their schooling—not because of it.

Zuma PressNew Tech high school junior Kai Morgan in Napa, Calif., works on his trebuchet, a type of catapult. The school promotes ‘independent learning.’

Though few young people will become brilliant innovators like Steve Jobs, most can be taught the skills needed to…

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