Innovation is supposed to be a panacea for the economy — the engine that generates life-saving treatments and must-have products. It’s a buzzword used by high-powered people, ranging from President Obama to the chief executives of some of the most successful companies in the world. But is the current education system the best one to teach people how to innovate?
That’s the fundamental question behind Harvard University professor Kevin Kit Parker’s project-based engineering classes. There may be a big difference between being good at homework and being innovative.