Graduates need play, passion and purpose.

Tony Wagner, a Harvard Education Specialist, has been interviewed by Thomas Friedman  at The New York Times and you can find the article here.

Tony Blackshaw from Sheffield Hallam University has commented on this, ‘We spend a lot of time talking about the knowledge and the skills students will need to make themselves employable, but drawing on the ideas of Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist, what Friedman makes clear in this short piece is that those entering the work place into graduate jobs increasingly have to be ‘innovation ready’ — have up to date knowledge and skills like critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills and so on, but most crucially of all be able to innovate— in order to be ready to add value to whatever they do. Even if they are lucky in securing a good first job graduates will not only have to be open to new knowledge but constantly be able to reinvent, re-engineer and re-imagine that job in new ways.

So, graduates must leave university with up-to-date knowledge and a whole host of skills but perhaps most importantly be ‘innovation ready’. This means that we must ensure that they are intrinsically motivated. How do we make students intrinsically motivated? That is a major challenge. Wagner suggests that the key lies in bringing those three most powerful ingredients of motivation into the classroom: play, passion and purpose.’