Talking to 5th Graders about careers is like talking about bicycles with a fish.

According to research by Raytheon and others, America loses about 60% of its future innovators before the age of 13. These are kids who start elementary school genuinely excited about science. By the time they hit seventh grade, the majority feel that science is “boring” and irrelevant to their lives. Of course the irony of this belief is lost on the most wired and healthy generation in history. I believe one of the biggest factors is the context in which we present science to our elementary and middle school students. We are telling 5th graders they should study science so they can have a better career. The trouble is, 5th graders don’t care about that just yet.

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Where are your future knowledge workers? In elementary school right now.

I believe the person who cures cancer, solves the energy problem or invents the next insanely great thing is in elementary school right now. Over 90% of these bright young minds enter elementary school with a passion for science and an insatiable curiosity about their world. By the time they reach 7th grade, it is barely above 30%. That is a loss of 60% of America’s future innovators before they even reach high school. I think that is unacceptable so I’m willing to do something about it. [youtube -IqIe9wZe24]

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