The Keys to Innovation
We must be teaching the skills of dissent to our students — particularly if they are to participate fully in their future. Such skills are vital to the development of our students’ human values, life choices and goals, as they are inheriting a very different kind of world that will be attended by very different psychological demands. No question, the greatest impediment to good group decision-making is the lack of divergent thinking — which can only be encouraged by dissenting voices. As such, it is the greatest antidote to the disease known as groupthink.