[caption id="attachment_55960" align="alignleft" width="215"] Classroom practices should change to encourage inquiry and innovation, the author writes.[/caption]

It’s wonderful to hear President Obama call for a nationwide emphasis on innovation, but it raises an interesting challenge: Where will all those innovators come from? Currently, we are chasing testable competency in academic core skills. It is quite a different thing to try to educate future innovators. We don’t test for that.

An innovation curriculum requires an emphasis on what I am going to call, for lack of a preexisting term,...

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