It starts with education. We’re not inspiring children. Somewhere down the line we forgot that science and engineering were creative, exciting, and rewarding—that they could achieve the impossible and change the world. We need to look at how we teach, test, and challenge children. I can see why No Child Left Behind is increasingly coming under fire. While its intentions are admirable, standardized tests dampen enthusiasm for education, curb creativity, and put people off science and engineering.
I don’t know how much Dyson knows about Make and Maker Faire but add creativity back to science and engineering. Kids get it but educators? Too few of them.