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Patrick Garinger

What are the skills needed to synthesize diverse experiences, emotions and stories ? I have found this ability to be facinating and rare.

Joonki Kim

For some parts of the world, math and science are important, while for other parts of the world, innovation is more important. Math and
science alone is useless, same with innovation. The key is a proper mix, which depends on personality, culture, and local level of development. Yes, there is not enough emphasis in US math, science and innovation in the US right now. We need to pay attention to both. I remember studies that engineering students who took creativity courses do much better that those who took just engineering. My personal experience (40 years of science, engineering, and creativity) is the same.
Many science and engineering graduates do not know what to do with their skill, until they get acquainted with creativity skills, like CPS.

Nathan Schwagler

Perhaps this survey reflects the cultural education strengths and weaknesses of each country? I think it is becoming accepted that most contemporary American youth lack the interest/discipline to pursue the STEM path, while children in China are much more likely to excel in these areas as a result of the cultural and educational system they are brought up in (see Gladwell: Rice Paddies and Math Tests, "no one who can rise before dawn three-hundred and sixty days a year fails to make his family rich").

Something that crosses my mind when considering this situation is the relationship with ambiguity that develops throughout childhood. I would venture to guess that American youth would outperform Chinese youth in divergent thinking metrics, while Chinese children would outperform American youth in measures of logical/analytical reasoning.

Any Cognitive or Educational Psychologists out there kind enough to weigh-in on the matter?

William Mount

On the flipside, I once had a Chinese client who told me that she and her husband had decided that, if their new daughter showed any tendency toward the arts, they'd actively discourage her from pursuing them. Rather, they intended to encourage the child in "productive" pursuits like math, science, business, etc. Amazing.

Janice Francisco, BridgePoint Effect

Thanks for sharing this Jonathan. Interesting premise and as always, you've got a different spin from which to view this research. Cultural differences do reign, huh? I think this information is also interesting given the fact that China is an emerging economy.

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