Blog 1: To Create is Human
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Education demands diversity and continues to add more and more standards for contents, but the pressure remains on standardized test scores which do not take into consideration diverse needs of learners or learning in a different way. If education and my school were to embrace an entrepreneurial mindset, I believe that education would change entirely.
Educational standards might not change, but teachers would have to teach differently with the standards. Many teachers would not know how to embrace this mindset because we were not taught how to teach with these concepts in mind. Education would have to change drastically, but this could encourage many students to be more interested in school by helping students find their interests. Students might figure out what they are interested in in order to do in the future, or at least be reminded that there are many job opportunities and possibilities. One important feature to note is that it is not entrepreneurial curriculum, but rather encouragement of various jobs and skills.
Kentucky’s Practical Living Program Review has made our school encourage teachers to invite community leaders and guest speakers into the building. Our school also supports various programs that allow different business leaders to partner with students. The problem lies with the lack of involvement with the entire school.
In order for our school to have the entrepreneurial mindset, all teachers would have to buy into the mindset and receive training in order to really understand how to develop students with this mindset and encourage students. Teachers would have to find a way to teach both the standards and integrate entrepreneurial skills. Teachers would need to foster creativity which has not been the case in education in recent years.