Americanstudents are more than prepared to become tomorrow`s global leadersin technological innovation. With the stage having been set by SteveJobs who invented Apple as a student and Mark Zuckerberg who inventedFacebook as a student, American students are more than inspired to beon the driving seat of technology come in future. Claims thatAmerica’s future is gloomy as other young people from othercountries augment are alarmist and false. There are various factorsthat point to the superior position of American students in drivingfuture technologies.
Americanstudents have the best institutional and government support to powerinnovation and deliver. Innovation, (in the US) has been“increasingly driven by educated people and the knowledge theyproduce” and thus as long as the American learning institutions areglobal leaders, so will be the country be a leader in technologicalinnovation. Take for instance the UTSA’s Center for Innovation andTechnology Entrepreneurship (CITE) program. This program seeks topromote and support entrepreneurial technology ventures in diverseways such as the biannual 100k StudentTechnology Venture Competition which gives winners the chance toactualize their technological innovations (UTSA,2014).
Therehave been claims that America students are falling behind their Asiancounterparts in technological innovation implying doom fortechnological innovation. Nothing could be further from the truththan this. While it is clear that the US is more advanced in liberalarts and humanities, there have been various technologicalinnovations developed to serve different area such as TV shows andeven education itself. This corresponds to Neil deGrasse Tyson’swords that “Once you have an innovation culture, even those who arenot scientists or engineers – poets, actors, journalists – they,as communities, embrace the meaning of what it is to bescientifically literate. They embrace the concept of an innovationculture” (Barth 2012). Therefore, the popularity of arts andhumanities among American students will not affect the future oftechnology innovation negatively as claimed.
SteveJobs and Marc Zuckerbeg as students developed some of the mostsignificant technological innovations today. This has served as awakeup call for government and learning institutions to supporttechnological innovations from students. This approach will ensureAmerican students lead the future technological innovations.
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