Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The Blog posting from Google "Our Googley advice to students: Major in learning", says pretty much the same thing the article "Rigor Redefined" by Tony Wagner says but in a different way. Companies are looking for employees who can "think outside the box". These people need to be able to have analytical reasoning, good communication skills, a willingness to experiment with ideas, be a team player, and be passionate about something in their lives. Goggle's phrase is "people who can solve non-routine problems in non-routine ways".

The blog also states that learning does not stop when you grauduate from school. That most real learning is done "on the job". This is true in just about everything we do. It is called trial and error. I have a problem thinking and solving "problems" unless they involve athletics. Give me an issue on a sports field (almost any arena) and I am all over it, in the classroom is another story. I need a lot of time to think about it and have someone explain it to me in different ways before I really understand it. We are all wired differently and some of us "get" somethings while others of us "get" other things. I think that is a good thing.


  1. Hi Ethan! You had some great insight there. Everyone learns in different ways. Why do you think these companies are looking for the individuals who can think outside the box? How does this benefit the companies?

  2. Hey nice post. As Danielle said very insightful post. Many of us think differently and learn differently. The researchers and employees at Google are a great example of a company that is primarily successful because of their idea of creativity and non-routine. What are ways to improve these areas of creativity?