Smart Cities Start With Smart Citizens

Cities that want to become "smarter" should encourage their citizens to be innovative and entrepreneurial, says Peter Madden, chief executive of the Future Cities Catapult: "If we see smart cities just as a top-down agenda, it's not going to work."
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11/18/2013 1:50:13 PM
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Smart Citizens is a good thing, however, I dont see a whole lot of smart citizens all the time. I think the Educational system are in need of a major overhaul. We have two types of people in this world, educated and uneducated. Educated can mean school or self educated, uneducated can mean they went to school but didnt really understand anything they were being taught (we all know people like this). I think its important to have a learning system where the kids of today will learn new ways of thinking and creating. We have for too long been taking away, art classes, music classes, shop classes and other creative classes in favor of a more structured system. We are failing to fully implement STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which are important but so is music, art and shop and they dont teach many of these classes in school these days. heck they need to start teaching Drivers Education and Home Economics as well.

We have some pretty smart kids out there who are developing apps and other inventions but they are too few and far between. We used to turn out great scientists and engineers, now we turn out IT professionals (which are needd).

Do you think the educational system needs to be changed to accomidate smart cities, if so in what ways? it seems to me we are going into a more Have vs. Have Not society because of our educational system. What are your thoughts on this?


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