Recession’s latest victim: U.S. innovation – Dec. 11, 2009

December 14, 2009
Patent Filings Fall

Patent Filings Fall

Here’s something that should alarm teachers.  Americans always trust in their innovative spirit to bring us through hard times.  But maybe the global economy will finally come home to roost.

It is imperative that we as teachers continue to press kids to be creative, out-of-the-box thinkers.

I would say that patents usually reflect right-brain skills, such as those highlighted by Daniel Pink.  (Symphony, Design)  As you read through A Whole New Mind, Mr. Pink suggests that skills that are easily replicated will be shipped to Asia.

But what about innovation?  In The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman claims that developing economies will eventually come to the point where they provide the innovation that is used by the world’s businesses.  There is a quote in Friedman’s book from an Indian business professional.  It basically states that he knew exactly what he would be doing ten years in the future.  He would be doing what the U.S. was doing right now.

If you read the article, you will see that the United States filed for the lowest number of patents since 1996.  It’s been more than ten years!  Our students need to be prepared for this new world order.  We need to develop their right-brain skills.   I think that Daniel Pink has provided the best framework to get that done.  We just need to develop and deliver the lesson plans!

Recession’s latest victim: U.S. innovation – Dec. 11, 2009.


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