Sunday, January 27, 2008

Survey: Schools fail to teach innovation

[22 January 2008 - eSchool News] U.S. teens say they aren't being prepared well for technology, engineering careers. ... It's widely believed our ability to innovate and prepare students for careers in science and technology will be key factors in keeping the U.S. competitive in the global economy. Yet, nearly three out of five American teens (59 percent) do not believe their high school is preparing them adequately for a career in technology or engineering, according to the 2008 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, an annual survey that gauges Americans' attitudes toward invention and innovation. The disparity is more pronounced among some groups historically underrepresented in these fields. Roughly two-thirds of African-American teens (64 percent) and teen girls (67 percent) believe they are not being prepared well in school for these careers. The survey's news is not all bad: It reveals enormous optimism among America's youth--provided educators are savvy enough to change the way their schools teach. More

1 comment:

  1. Steve, I recently found your site and have been very impressed. It's disappointing how important creativity is, yet, it is not being valued. Thank you for the information!