Teachers Need to Start Educating Students About Entrepreneurship

Conor Cawley

The kinds of subjects taught in school vary widely across the country. From math and science to Canadian literature and Facebook theory, students are learning more than enough about the whats, wheres, hows, and whys of the world. However, teachers of young minds have rarely delved into one particular topic, despite its popularity among adult professionals: entrepreneurship.

What is and is not taught in schools has a huge effect on a country far beyond the short term. Teaching a subject like entrepreneurship would not only create great, innovative students, but would also eventually lead to more jobs, increased independence, and substantially higher success rates for students that are typically punished for thinking outside the box in the current school system.

An Inexact Field

One of the main arguments against entrepreneurial education is that it, unlike fields like math, science and even English, is far from precise. There is no equation, no textbook, and no statistic that can guarantee you'll be a successful startup founder. However, this doesn't mean we should abandon the practice all together; quite the contrary. Edward Elgar said it best in his study, Handbook of Research in Entrepreneurship Education:

“Because entrepreneurship is still a young field, there is even a greater need for entrepreneurship education to include a dynamic component in addition to the theoretical basis. Dynamic component can be seen as an educational context, which is affected by student’s activity, and is likely to grow and develop at a rate which is comparable to ‘real world’ entrepreneurship.”

Entrepreneurship has become such a staple in the business world, which means that related education needs to be pressed even more, especially because it's not an exact field. Otherwise, only the self-taught will be the ones running businesses.

Educating the Future

Not to sound like Whitney Houston, but the children really are our future, from a purely chronological stand point of course. However, without a creatively-minded, innovation-driven, collaboratively-focused generation of students, it's going to be nearly impossible to keep up with changing tech trends and shifting business norms of the world today.

If young people are going to inherit the complicated technology we've so hurriedly developed over the last few years, they're going to need more than STEM classes. They're going to need to understand the importance of being prepared, the value of experience, and the luck required to be successful. And entrepreneurial classes will be nothing if not all three of those key educational lessons.

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Conor is the Senior Writer for Tech.co. For the last five years, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His extensive background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host tech-centric events like Startup Night at SXSW and the Timmy Awards for Tech in Motion. You can email Conor at conor@tech.co.