Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Why Education Without Creativity Isn’t Enough...

From the link:

"Just Science & Math won't improve U.S. job prospects. Inspiring creativity will".

Conservative thinking: STEM 
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering & 
  • Mathematics

New thinking:
Individuality, not Standarization
Brain storming, not Memorization

Last April, when sharing a stage at Facebook with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, President Barack Obama summed up the conventional wisdom on what's needed to shape American minds for the global marketplace. "We've got to do such a better job when it comes to STEM education," he said. "That's how we're going to stay competitive for the future." If we could just tighten standards and lean harder on the STEM disciplines-- Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics - we'd better our rigorous rivals in India and China, and get our economy firing on all cylinders". As with much conventional wisdom, this is conventional in the worst sense of that word.

If you want the truth, talk to the competition. Phaneesh Murthy is CEO of iGate Patni, a Top-10 Indian outsourcing company. Murthy oversees 26,000 employees--not the ones snapping SIM chips into cell phones or nagging you about your unpaid AmEx bill, but the ones writing iPhone apps, processing mortgage applications, and redesigning supply chains--in jobs that would be handled in the U.S. by highly paid, college-educated workers. In other words, you. Yet Murthy, a regular bogeyman of outsourcing, believes American education is by far the best in the world. 

"The U.S. education system is much more geared to innovation and practical application," says Murthy. "It's really good from high school onward." To compete long term, we need more brainstorming, not memorization; more individuality, not standardization. 

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