An op-ed column on Boston.com 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 United States has enjoyed in science, engineering, and math is eroding. One key to preparing today’s students to stay competitive in the global economy is introducing them to engineering skills and concepts that engage them in science and math application. This is a major step in moving towards technological literacy. Because of the value placed on these skills in the modern workforce and economy, students need to be signaled to the true importance of these skills. If this is done, we not only give them the tools to compete, but foster civic engagement. While the Patrick administration has many issues competing for his time, the issue of technological literacy must be near the top of its list…