‘Tis the season of graduations and graduation speakers. We attended the Stanford University graduation yesterday…always a heartwarming event to go back to The Farm and see a bunch of REALLY smart kids ready to go out and tackle some tough problems.
How many times this year alone do you think we heard graduation speakers advise our youth to go forth and take risks, as opposed to advising them to pursue the American Dream of performing well on their next test?
How many students come study at American universities that value risk taking, innovation, design, creativity, invention, as opposed to the number of American students who go to study at universities in China that accept the very top drill-and-kill students?
K-12 is the farm system for anything good that will come out of American education. We KNOW the paths to success. We KNOW we want our students to take those risks in life, so WE have to do the same. The obstacles to innovation are inertia and fear. Let’s commit to overcoming those so our students have a model to live up to.