It was at the World Economic Forum, at Davos (Switzerland). It was a dinner debate between the former Obama Economic Advisor Summers and the author Amy Chau.  Dr Summers suggested:
“In a world where things that require discipline and steadiness can be done increasingly by computers, is the traditional educational emphasis on discipline, accuracy and successful performance and regularity really what we want?” he asked. Creativity, he said, might be an even more valuable asset that educators and parents should emphasize. At Harvard, he quipped, the A students tend to become professors and the C students become wealthy donors.Creativity? Now there is a thought. But, creativity needs a basis in facts and a certain amount of self-discipline.
“It is not entirely clear that your veneration of traditional academic achievement is exactly well placed,” he said to Ms. Chua. “Which two freshmen at Harvard have arguably been most transformative of the world in the last 25 years?” he asked. “You can make a reasonable case for Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, neither of whom graduated.” Demanding tiger moms, he said, might not be very supportive of their kids dropping out of school.
How are we doing here in Lowell?
And do we agree more with Larry Summers or Amy Chau?
Regards — Cliff