Creating Innovators

The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

This book offers a strong argument for developing an innovation-driven economy. Wagner looks in depth at what we all — parents, employers, teachers — must do to encourage our youngest citizens to be creative, a necessity for the growth of innovation. A review of the book is available.

288 pages. ©2012.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

crhughes72

Review posted November 8, 2017

4

This book was not an easy read, but worth it. I like the examples of the preschool from stanford. Very informational

kkeppol

Review posted October 19, 2017

4

I found it very interesting that China now requires colleges to teach entrepreneurship and k-12's are focusing on teaching creativity. I agree that creating innovators requires us to teach students to be creative. I was specifically interested in the data supporting that innovation is more driven by creativity than scientific research. It is time to put the A back into stem lessons. Creativity and Innovation can be taught and practiced. Motivating students to be creative and problem solve is a challenge that teachers face. I like that this book gave specific feedback. I was confused by the need for all the video clips. While having links to video is a good idea, many of the videos linked to this book seemed like filler. Very few of them added information to the conversation. They restated what was already said and took time away from the book. I really enjoyed the case studies and look into actual teaching styles.

Carla Perry

Review posted June 27, 2017

1

"Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World," by Tony Wagner. This book has a slow start. The video cues every other page interrupted the flow of the text and seemed more of a marketing tool than helpful information. There were too many mentions of the author's prior books in the first few chapters, and he goes over the material provided in those books although I did not find the information pertinent to the topic of this book. Too many paragraphs were used to set up the TOPIC he indicated he'd cover next, but those paragraphs did not provide enough meat to be an effective precursor of the coming topics he planned to cover. Too much bland, extraneous information I sensed was there to make the book thicker, not better. I wanted information on how to understand and recognize methods to create innovators out of young people, and how to support them in real-life practices since I deal with children who have come out of perilous situations, but without any internal structure of the author's chapters, I was left floundering, wondering where I was and how I could find the specific information the author intimated would be forthcoming. The vague structure of his chapters hindered my learning anything at all. I finally found the book so annoying that I stopped reading at page 100, which is not something I normally do, especially when I am eager to learn what the book can teach me. The back cover blurb and summary, plus the pages of advance praise inside, led me to believe this book would reveal insights in how to encourage the next generation of innovators. Perhaps others can find the gems in this book, but I've given up and I'm disappointed that I've done so.

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Review posted May 23, 2017

4

A great book to help educators that are wanting to create an environment where children can use their creative juices and have them feel a little bit out of their comfort zone and come up with great ideas that are authentic.

Amandam

Review posted October 24, 2016

4

Wagner has written a book that provides many guiding principals both for parenting innovators and creating programs for innovators. This is not a step-by-step process--it's an innovative process--so readers will need to create ways to apply these principals in their own unique situations. This is an easy read with many case studies to look to for inspiration.

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Review posted August 4, 2016

2

This book had some interesting ideas, but it did seem like a little more of an effort to hop on the 'innovation is hot' bandwagon than a real exploration. There was a frustrating lack of rigor in exploring ways that learning by rote and other 'outdated' approaches to education might balance out with up-and-coming methods.

Sebastian

Review posted June 3, 2016

3

Interesting read, but not terribly innovating. Another attempt to engender cutting edge education.

brandonsha

Review posted May 8, 2016

4

This book does not hold all the answers you expect it to hold. There is no silver bullet or smoking gun, nothing that really solves the issues at hand. But Wagner does give a good description of what exactly it means to have 21st century skills. Arguing that we focus on the culture of learning,rather than the culture of school to make fundamental changes to how we educate people.

jcpeten.gt

Review posted April 22, 2016

5

It is a great book. I have a 15 years old daughter who is in high school, and I strongly believe that what I learned from this book will help to better guide, advice, and support my daughter. Thank you for making it a available.

nikki

Review posted March 16, 2016

5

An important topic, covered excellently!!

Sklope

Review posted March 10, 2016

4

Good read!!

tracieheidt

Review posted January 26, 2016

4

I really appreciated reading Creating Innovators. As a former high school teacher with a Masters in Teaching, a parent of 3 elementary-aged kids, and a local policy maker in my small town, it really resonated with me and my place in life. I have a rather innovative 10-year-old daughter and I was inspired by this book to be more purposeful in supplementing her public school education with more creative outlets. In fact, I've since taken action and enrolled her in an upcoming Saturday Academy class at PSU. The first couple of chapters and the last chapter I found the most engaging and instructive for me and my interests. Some of the criticisms of the public schools were too much, in my opinion, and I question whether all innovative kids really need to be rule breakers. But I enjoyed reading the personal stories of the young people profiled. Thank you very much for making this book available to me. I never would have discovered it without your website's exposing me to it! I am a more inspired parent because of it.

tmcgregor22

Review posted January 20, 2016

3

The book had great case studies and stats. Reading the chapters though always seemed to be interrupted by the web content. I have no connectivity in my home so I feel I was missing half the story.

mandy.stanley

Review posted November 23, 2015

4

Again, great text!

mindigo

Review posted October 4, 2015

4

Tony Wagner's Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World stresses the need for innovators and thinkers in society. Through stories of innovators, Wagner shows the importance of nurturing imagination and creativity in education. QR codes link videos the stories. In lieu of using the QR codes, readers can also access the videos at the website, innovators.com. Wagner knows that passion, play and purpose, rather than the outmoded methodologies currently in favor in our schools are what produce innovative thinkers. More specifically, focusing on how we learn rather than on what we learn. Society needs innovators, creative thinkers and problem solvers. They are our hope for the future. Creating Innovators is an excellent introduction to including innovation in education.

taharris70

Review posted September 19, 2015

5

The book, Creating Innovators is insightful. I appreciate that they encourage kids to explore instead of achieve. In the school system, so much emphasis is placed on state testing, that teachers are pressured to have their students achieve high scores. The importance of exploring has been lost. The ideas in the book are refreshing. As a family advocate in the school system, I plan an adopting some of the ideas in my teaching.

holly.ryan

Review posted May 8, 2015

3

A good read. Helpful ideas for working with children. Great stories!

dpalter

Review posted April 22, 2015

5

As a parent and as someone who is both a 4H leader and instructor to kids in various after school programs; this book brings up many over looked points in the way diffrent kids express their ideas and learn. Many kids are hands on learners, and thats where the science labs, the robotics after school programs will tap into those minds and engage those kids that could be over looked.

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Review posted April 9, 2015

4

I found this book to be very helpful in coming up with programs for 3 youth leadership camps that we put on at place. We need to create innovation among our young people in order to prepare them to help solve the world's problems.

Bek Hawley

Review posted March 26, 2015

5

Tony Wagner paints a clear picture of how young people follow a path, to become creative and innovative, both thinkers and doers. This book is for anyone in a position to influence a young person's life; not just family, not only educators, but anyone who's willing to make an investment in the future. To closely paraphrase Wagner, he believes we need to foster critical thinking, creativity, effective communication and an ability to collaborate, "versus merely scoring well on a test"... I could not agree more with his conclusion.

mdoyle

Review posted March 23, 2015

5

This was an enjoyable and inspirational book to read as an educator. We are constantly bombarded with new testing requirements, yet we fight every day for the right to infuse our lessons with opportunities for student choice and creativity, which is proven as a building block to learning for life.

kdillon

Review posted February 16, 2015

5

Excellent!!!<3

ramundoblanco

Review posted February 5, 2015

5

Wonderfully detailed book!