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Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

Thom Ruhe, Director of Entrepreneurship, The Kauffman Foundation


We posted this weekend about an NPR article, Maybe Entrepreneurship Can be Taught? The article highlighted the results of a new Gallup poll which uncovered that 57% of Chinese and 51% of Americans said their education made them interested in entrepreneurship. Where only 25% of Europeans felt like their education sparked entrepreneurship. The survey displayed a noticeable difference between these areas and their feelings toward entrepreneurial education.

Inspired by the article, Entrepreneurship.org posted the question to our Facebook community asking if entrepreneurship could be taught in school. The post received some great feedback. One fan responded by saying entrepreneurship should be encouraged in school instead of “taught.” Another noted that according to Thomas Stanley’s study, Millionaire Mind, entrepreneurs were formed due to poor academic performance and survival. The fan also noted that the study identified that highly educated individuals tend to work for entrepreneurs forced into business themselves.

How do you feel about this topic? Should entrepreneurship be taught in schools? Should it be a subject graduate and undergraduate students can major in or should it be entwined into every major?


 

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