Tony Wagner: “Calling All Innovators”

Sacred Heart Greenwich Middle School Faculty Blog

Posted with permission from ASCD:

“Educational Leadership,” April 2012 | Volume 69 | Number 7
College, Careers, Citizenship Pages 66-69

Calling All Innovators

Tony Wagner

Our students want to change the world. But to give them the skills they need to do so, schools must focus on five essential practices.

In their recent book That Used to Be Us,1 Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum argue that to succeed in the new global knowledge economy, all young people must learn to be innovators. U.S. workers who cannot bring innovation to their work will see their jobs increasingly off-shored or automated. Policymakers, economists, and business people may fiercely debate which specific approaches will solve the current worldwide economic crisis, but most of them agree on one thing: A nation’s long-term economic health depends on innovation.

In the last few years, I have explored the question of how U.S. schools can…

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