Perhaps a single educational institution isn’t enough — or maybe the concept of an “institution” is all wrong. Maybe these thinkers had to drop out in order to find the various pieces of education, inspiration and experimentation they needed to achieve vision. Today’s schools seem to be missing out on teaching “discovery skills“, described in The Innovator’s DNA (Clayton M Christensen et al) as associating, questioning, observing, experimenting and networking. This explains why high-profile dropouts feed their curiosity with events such as TED — they can marvel at the entrepreneur, the crazy scientist, the edgy artist, and be inspired. These are the people with the vision to revolutionize education, creating new schools such as Stanford’s D. School at the Institute of Design and meta-universities such as Singularity U.
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