What I think students think when they hear the word entrepreneurship:
- Silicon Valley
- flip flops and jeans
- Mark Zuckerberg
What I think parents think when they hear the word entrepreneurship:
When I read about teaching young innovators, I get excited for the future. But whenever the next step in the conversation turns out to be “teaching entrepreneurship,” I fizzle. Where does the student fit among the bullet points of these assumptions about entrepreneurship? Where’s the curiosity? Where’s the passion?
“Teaching entrepreneurship” in these terms sounds like something so hollow that it doesn’t belong in my classroom, and for as long as these assumptions (misguided or not) linger, I am uncomfortable with the suggestion that it should.
Here’s how I would like to define entrepreneurship:
- the happy byproduct of combining optimism, passion, and an overabundance of elbow grease