The Precious Prior Work

There is a traditional view that we shouldn't reinvent the wheel, that we must honor work that's already been done by not taking another look or another approach to solve the same problems. I think this comes from a completely valid concern about the time it takes (or took), but it seems this mindset is a great way to miss new opportunities, define the future (or present) by the past, and devalue innovation.

One reason I love DEEPdt (and design thinking in general) is that it explicitly warns against "falling in love with a solution." How much of what we do in education (and elsewhere) is because of an unhealthy relationship with prior work?