1. Renee

    George, this post really resonates with me. I have kids just about to start their education journey, and I wish what you talk about occurred more in schools. I especially loved your “entrepreneurial spirit” section…and the need to help kids make a living with their passions. And you hit the nail on the head with leadership!!! What an important concept that not many people truly understand!

    Keep at it! You are making an amazing difference! Thank you!

    I wish my late husband could have had the chance to chat with you! He was so passionate about all 3 things you mentioned above! It would have been cool to see you guys talk & share about your passions!

  2. chris

    Wouldn’t it be great if there was an entrepreneur elective for kids? There are students who really feel a call at an early age to a career. Why not guide them through researching this and help them start to create a network of people who can answer their questions and even potentially mentor them one day. For those undecided students, how about career exploration? Maybe they think they want to be four or five different things? What a great time to find out about it. When I was a kid I wanted to be an artist, then a fashion merchandiser or buyer, then an author, then a psychologist. When I finished my second year of college and didn’t have a clue what I wanted to be, I decided that since I liked kids and babysitting, maybe I should be a teacher. The rest is history. The funny thing is, that I “KNEW” all the other things I wanted to be much earlier in life. Who knows what I would have become if I had the time to actually learn about all of these jobs in detail. PS Thank goodness I really do LOVE education.

  3. Priscilla Sands

    George Couros came to SCH and connected with our faculty in ways I have not seen with other speakers, educators, and experts. He is engaging, respectful, and knowledgeable and his blogs should be required reading. We are still talking about ways to go further and deeper with our entrepreneurial program. It’s exciting to imagine how a wider web of educators will begin to spin education differently for our children.

  4. Marina Pyo

    These “trends” ARE the skills our children should be “taught” today. It would also help with engagement issues. Great article!

  5. Amy

    George, I teach in a school for students with special needs and love your section on entrepreneurial spirit. Challenging the status quo for my students is imperative because there are no entrepreneurial norms for them to slide into easily. I want to promote the need and motivation for enterprise in their lives! Amy

  6. This is right on. I hope the next time this article updated, in addition to R&D, a greater emphasis on technical training: coding, advanced machining, advanced technical installation for environmental, solar, and power technologies as examples, are added. To support the entrepreneur spirit, soft skills: EQ based lessons, communication, problem and solution analysis using tools such as design thinking skills. Skills that can’t be outsourced. It’s a lot, but will be required in the future.

  7. Zahra Duran

    Great article, thank you! I agree these skills are seriously needed where in our society children are taught to aspire to a small handful if career choices. When they “grow up” they are left lost in a world where these skills could give them the tools to successfully step outside the box and truly aspire to a career and life they love.

  8. Hi George,

    I so value the perspective taken in this post. Having my start in business, the leap to education has been perplexing at times with regards to institutional incubation/integration/adaptation of ideas. There does not seem to be a magic elixir that will lay the broke and ineffectual to the side.Business naturally does this, because the economics dictate that it will adapt, innovate or get trampled by those who do. You don’t stay in business long unless you can serve your clients, develop new ones or “liberate” them from a competitor.

    What struck me most was the stat that compared the R and D investment of industry to that of education. How can education incorporate R and D into staff rooms and ultimately our classrooms? The spirit of the entrepreneur is unquenchable because it considers all possibilities and approaches in order to succeed.

    Is there a need for boards to shift their goals?

    Perhaps, it comes back to the equipping of educators in their faculties of ed. prior to their service. My interactions with your brother Alec leads me to believe he is addressing this already and going forward in his role. My faculty at Tyndale U. seemed very intentional about preparing us for the reality of the education job market and our possible roles within it.

    Your thought about developing leadership is probably the best place to start, but will field the greatest resistance from an entrenched mindset. Our PLN/PLC community is active on Twitter and Google + etc, but there are multitudes more who are missing the opportunity to be edified and encouraged rather than isolated and discouraged.

    Do we need to check our egos at the door in order to make this work? Do we need to know that we are safe to research, develop and expected to share with our colleagues so we can model it for our learners?

    Thank you for pulling these thoughts out for us to consider. W

  9. Love your post mate. I wish that Entrepreneurial spirit was taught when i was in school, even when i tried to educate myself on it, by reading Rich Dad Poor Dad in English class, i was discouraged by the teacher who said that books such as these had no place in a school, this was less than 10 years ago, too! I have continued to develop my entrepreneurial compass in spite of this advice… :) – thank you for the post…

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