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Global Attitudes on Global Innovation


For a look at global survey data that is both fascinating and a window on things to come, I highly recommend reviewing the NEWSWEEK-Intel Global Innovation Survey of 4,800 adults in the US, China, Germany and the UK. It was conducted this fall and can be found here.

Key points:

1. The Chinese are more optimistic (twice as optimistic!) than Americans themselves about America staying ahead of the curve on innovation.

2. Where do Americans place the blame? American schools. 42% say the problem is that American schools are offering an inadequate product when it comes to math and science. This eclipses direct government support for innovation (17%), US corporate investment (16%), and current American workers lacking tech skills (11%).

This leads me to believe that at some point very soon a renewed and intense post-Sputnikesque focus on math and science education will erupt in the United States.

3. For an interesting look at what each country views as its weaknesses, a plurality of American parents feel their children will need math and computer skills to drive innovation, but Chinese parents think their children will need creative problem solving skills.

4. Finally, 53% of American parents of teenagers admit that they have difficulty helping their children with math and science homework.

 

Comments
moheroy:

Having some experiences with both education systems, I think both sides have a very real realistic understanding of their own flaws.

The difference between American and Chinese belief in American innovation is more a reflection of how little faith the both sides have in themselves.

Both these results totally confirm not just my experience, but the opinions of the vast majority of people most Chinese and American I have talked with on this issue.

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Robert Moran:

Thank you. Like you, I think the data reflects each nation's fears about their own shortcomings.

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