How Schools Can Teach Innovation | Wall St. Journal | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |

Changing education & best practice:  Results from systemic interviews focused on young Americans is that they learn how to innovate most often despite their schooling—not because of it.  

Excerpted, by Tony Wagner

In most high-school and college classes, failure is penalized. But without trial and error, there is no innovation.

Amanda Alonzo, a 32-year-old teacher at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, Calif., who has mentored two Intel Science Prize finalists and 10 semifinalists in the last two years—more than any other public school science teacher in the U.S.—told me, "One of the most important things I have to teach my students is that when you fail, you are learning." Students gain lasting self-confidence not by being protected from failure but by learning that they can survive it. 

Via Jim Lerman