Notice, the men were not given the choice to be fathers.
My grades are not the measure of what I know -- not the measure of myself - it's my commitment. Don't use your grade as the measure. At your second job does anyone ask what your GPA was? Your A's don't matter to anyone but yourself (or maybe the teacher who held you up as an exemplar student).
Let's look at the top ten college dropouts: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, James Cameron, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lady Gaga, Tiger Woods
These are no slouches here.
We have to get out of the mindset that everything that is not the right answer is equally wrong. Is K-A-T more wrong that Q-W-R to spell cat?
Creativity is what you do when you step into a new place where no one has been before. Seeing what everyone else sees, but thinking what no one else has thought.
At MIT, you take over 80% of you classes in math, science, engineering.
At Harvard, he majored in physics. Half of his classes were in non-science/math subjects.
To win the Nobel Prize, you need to think like no one else has thought. You need angles and ways in that are new. (Havard has about 60 Nobel Prize winners; MIT has about 29).
Could it be the immersion in the liberal arts that opens up the mind to ideas you've never had before?
Where is science going on in the world?
A map based on scientific activity. Look at Japan? (Japan won three Nobel Prizes this year).
But where is the trend going? Look at research trends. The US is shrinking...
Innovation in STEM fields is the driver in economies.
But there's hope -- interest in science is on the rise. Tyson has 4 million twitter followers. There are LOTS of shows with science as a theme (Big Bang Theory, CSI, Cosmos, etc.) When you connect STEM to pop culture it flies.
"Neil deGrasse Tyson is about to crack a knowledge egg on your ass."
What's the role of games in education?
He talks about his son, who plays a lot of games. There's a lot going on in the mind of a gamer -- spatial play. Engagement. The gamification of everything.
How do we change the trend with US falling behind?
One idea -- In the US, kids don't respect their elders so much. We don't see this in other countries, esp in the far east. What does it take to think like no one has thought before? It requires irreverence for authority. Disrespect for someone saying how someone should think. Maybe this irreverence keeps us on the edge and keeps us from being drowned. We would be FARTHER behind if it weren't for this.
Keep thinking about the future. What's the role of science fiction in stimulating innovation. It gets us to think about the possibilities.
How do we serve the greater good for society?