Innovation is not a clone

I came across an article which calls for Reforming the PhD system throughout higher education. The article contains many interesting points however one comment stood out:

… education is a process of cloning that trains students to do what their mentors do. The clones now vastly outnumber their mentors.

Clones are a wonderful thing in a mass production environment, in fact, they are quite possibly the only goal. The trouble is that clones are not remarkable, are not unique, and are not game changers. Innovation can be defined by what is it not: a clone.

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