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Creating Innovators Review

3 Oct

Creating Innovators

This is a book I reviewed for Jim Estill

Sing, O Muse, O high genius, aid us now. I invoke thee, O Muses, from the darkness of my soul, for the inspiration that will give the young people of our country the innovation necessary to create jobs in this country.

Studies tell us that our children’s creativity capacity has been declining since 1990. We are experiencing a “creativity crisis.” Research shows the deterioration of the young people’s creative capacities over the last two decades. This is a serious issue in light of the recent economic decline and our social and civic well-being. Creativity drives innovation. Business executives from around the world believe that innovation is the best way to create jobs in this country. Since innovation and creativity are essential for saving the country, how can we reverse this decline in the creative capacity in young people? The silly answer would be to invoke the muses with praises similar to the one in the beginning of this review. Doing that is not necessary. All of the answers to generating creativity in young people can be found in Tony Wagner’s Creating Innovators.

The book Creating Innovators gives insights into what the important influences are on a young innovator. It teaches you how to maximize the development of a child’s capacity. The book presents the lives of various, highly successful innovators: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics innovators (STEM innovators) and social innovators. It reflects on the different approaches to their upbringings and the different factors of their childhoods that made them who they are today. A special emphasis is on the adults in these people’s lives that helped nurture their creative and innovate spirits. In Wagner’s research for this book, he discovered a pattern among these innovators: play, passion, and purpose, all of which are explained within the chapters. Creating Innovators also explores many ways in which educators are looking to new solutions to various twenty-first century problems.

If these ideas and strategies weren’t enough for you, maybe the format of the book will sell you on buying this book. The format of Creating Innovators is very imaginative. Throughout the pages, there are QR tags. Everyone has seen these tags on products or posters. If you download the free app for your smartphone, you can access additional information and related videos about the innovators through the software. Wagner has taken this idea and applied it to his book. It is truly ingenious! Your smartphone expands the content of the story. The book is filled with information and if you want more, you can access it through the QR tags. It’s truly like having two books in one! I think it is fitting that a book on innovation is innovative itself.

Anyone can learn something from this book. However, this book is perfect for parents, teachers of any level, mentors, and employers. This book has highly valuable information and the potential to foster a strong economic future. To get this future, you need to read the book and integrate this information into our lives.

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Fitzgerald on Keats

2 Aug

For awhile after you quit Keats, all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

As a fan of American Modernism literature, I take anything F. Scott Fitzgerald says as literary dogma. Upon reading this quote for the first time, I was convinced. I really have been trying to get into Keats’s poetry. I even bought a book of his poems, but unfortunately, I haven’t had any time to read it. 😦 I just decided that I will read it tonight instead of my book for work.