In a recent interview on Innovation Hub, Hal Gregerson, author of a recent article in Forbes magazine on the 10 most innovative businesses, was asked how schools might better train students to become innovators. He answered that an education that fosters questioning, that supports rather than stifles the natural human propensity for questions is the most important thing. He claimed that high school students in America ask one meaningful question per month (though he has not yet answered my inquiry about how that statistic was derived.) Further, he said that encouraging students to find and pursue a passion is the other most important thing schools can do.
This was exciting to hear, as we at Dublin have been focusing increasingly on sparking and growing curiosity and questions in our students, and have long been supportive of students finding and pursuing passions. From Mr. Bates's Question of the Week in school meetings to assignments that ask students to create new questions based on their recently gained knowledge; from independent studies in Japanese calligraphy (with Tucker deSisto and Yoshi Chiba) and playwriting (Cole Rogers) to the constant attempt to get students to try new activities on weekends, questioning and pursuing passions are hallmarks of education at Dublin. Who knows what these students will create?