…there are many ‘lost Einsteins— individuals who do not pursue a career in innovation even though they would have had highly impactful innovations.” Thomas Francke
My passion as the city museum director resided in its mission to inspire civic pride in the city’s youth based on their city’s industrial history. As an educator my passion is directed to opening my college students’ eyes to the world of East Asian art and philosophy. I would also like to see the college curricula include this important influence on Trenton’s industrial design history that can reinvigorate Trenton’s rightful genius standing by inspiring urban students—the ‘lost Einsteins’—to take their rightful place as inheritors of a once world-famous pottery industry.
As seen in their imaginative creations, the designer/potters’ had an uncanny global antennae for an East-to-West ‘mind-to-mind transmission’ that revolutionized Trenton ceramic design and its standing in the world. We educators should not squander the genius DNA map that is the heritage of all Trenton students. Its artistic pedigree can be traced to the Trenton School of the Industrial Arts founded for the Trenton pottery artisans in the 19th century that paved the way for the present-day Mercer County Community College, MCCC, the former Trenton Junior College.
We cannot afford any more lost Einsteins–they are the solution to today’s most pressing problems. If this sounds like a provocative proposition, it is no more so than the outsized, audacious sign of the Trenton Makes The World Takes bridge as a reminder to keep stoking the invisible modern kiln of possibilities every day.
Study: Rich kids 10 times as likely to become inventors, creating ‘lost Einsteins’
Children born into the top one percent of households by income are ten times more likely to become inventors as those from below-median income families, according to the study. A new study from Stanford and Harvard finds that lack of exposure to innovative mentoring and internships is inhibiting innovation. Exposure to inventors in youth increases the likelihood kids become inventors themselves.
“Hence, there are many ‘lost Einsteins,'” wrote the team “— individuals who do not pursue a career in innovation even though they would have had highly impactful innovations.”