In November 2018, several researchers from Harvard, MIT, and the London School of Economics published an extensive report titled “Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of Exposure to Innovation”. This report explores who become inventors in America and why they do. This ultimately looks to examine the individual people who become inventors, as opposed to the more widely available work on innovation on a very large scale. The researchers examined their question of “who becomes an inventor in America?” by focusing largely on the “nature versus nurture” idea and how certain factors of American society and culture make uncontrollable characteristics key players in whether a child becomes an inventor or not.
In the current education system, children learn through a monotonous cycle of lectures and exams that leads to a state of disinterest. This indifference toward learning leads to a lack of creativity and innovative thinking that society arguably needs. Some may argue that this form of teaching is necessary for students to acquire new information. However, the “Hole in the Wall” experiment by Indian computer scientist and educational theorist Sugata Mitra has proven otherwise.