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I love the idea that we (educators and parents) play a direct role in whether or not students become innovators. Since reading Tony Wagner’s Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, I’ve become fascinated by this concept and our role in creating young innovators in schools.
Wager believes “children who spend their childhood exploring and creating become adolescence and adults with deep-seated interests and passions.” As children grow and develop, Wagner also believes these passions create a “deeper sense of purpose in life.” If there is a true correlation between play, passion, and purpose, how do schools help foster and support the skills necessary to inspire young innovators? How do we feed students so that they can develop a natural passion and purpose for everything that they do? These are fundamental questions that I believe many schools grapple with each year. Where do you stand on the subject? Click here for Tony’s TEDxNYED. tlb