An op-ed column on argues that during Deval Patrick's campaign for the Massachusetts governorship, Patrick sparked a grassroots effort that demonstrated that inspiration can be the driving force for change. Now, as governor, he has the ability to mobilize citizens on critical issues, and technological literacy should be one of those issues. Up until now, school curricula have focused on the natural, not the man-made world. Public schools have taught little in the way of engineering--the field that is responsible for as much of 95 percent of our daily lives. Leaders now worry that the competitive advantage the...

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