Creating Innovators ; The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner

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This is a highly informative and insightful book of ideas about how to move the economy in the United States and really the world’s economies forward and back to a path of success.
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From a prominent educator, author, and founder of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group comes a provocative look at why innovation is today’s most essential real-world skill and what young people need from parents, teachers, and employers to become the innovators of America’s future.

In this groundbreaking book, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. In profiling compelling young American innovators such as Kirk Phelps, product manager for Apple’s first iPhone, and Jodie Wu, who founded a company that builds bicycle-powered maize shellers in Tanzania, Wagner reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and persevere. Wagner identifies a pattern—a childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated interests, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play, passion, and purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators.

     Wagner shows how we can apply this knowledge as educators and what parents can do to compensate for poor schooling. He takes readers into the most forward-thinking schools, colleges, and workplaces in the country, where teachers and employers are developing cultures of innovation based on collaboration, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and intrinsic motivation. The result is a timely, provocative, and inspiring manifesto that will change how we look at our schools and workplaces, and provide us with a road map for creating the change makers of tomorrow.

     Creating Innovators will feature its own innovative elements: more than sixty original videos that expand on key ideas in the book through interviews with young innovators, teachers, writers, CEOs, and entrepreneurs, including Thomas Friedman, Dean Kamen, and Annmarie Neal. Produced by filmmaker Robert A. Compton, the videos are accessible via links and QR codes placed throughout the eBook text.

 

About Tony Wagner

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Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade.  Tony consults widely to schools, districts, and foundations around the country and internationally. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. Tony is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and five books. Tony’s latest, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, will be published in April 2012 by Simon & Schuster. His recent book, The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need—and What We Can do About It has been a bestseller and is being translated into Chinese. Tony’s other titles include: Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools, Making the Grade: Reinventing America’s Schools, and How Schools Change: Lessons from Three Communities Revisited. He has also recently collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a sixty-minute documentary, The Finnish Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System.Tony earned an M.A.T. and an Ed.D. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Scribner. 290 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Suite 101

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Reviewed by Patricia Faullhaber on Apr 12 2012

This is a highly informative and insightful book of ideas about how to move the economy in the United States and really the world’s economies forward and back to a path of success.

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Education Futures

Below average
Reviewed by John Moravec on May 18 2012

Creating innovators is an enjoyable primer for those who are just catching on to the innovation bandwagon, but it is not a jumping point for developing new ideas and practices that will transform our education futures.

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Creativity Post

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Reviewed by Johnathan Wai on May 02 2012

And I share Wagner’s emphasis on play, passion, and purpose and the value of culture.

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Getting Smart

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Reviewed by Caroline Vander-Ark-Davis on Apr 18 2012

Throughout the book, three main themes – play, passion and purpose – are woven in to real world examples and stories of successful young innovators and the programs that enabled their success.

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Reviewed by Ava

And there is a plus – the book itself is an innovation.

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