An agenda for youth entrepreneurship education

The results are out — the YEE survey respondents received the executive summary highlighting the findings, a % breakdown for each question including strategies and best practices. More than 30% of the respondents provided additional strategies to advance entrepreneurship education. Overall this was a great response. What the “best practice” list lacked, educators filled in. Creating an awareness — in economic terms –creating a demand for youth entrepreneurship education moves the agenda forward.

Moving towards framing an Agenda

1. Increasing public awareness at the state level, district-wide, in classroom and communities

A consensus among YEE survey respondents indicated the need to increase public awareness on all levels: working with state legislators who set the agenda for state appropriations on funding for education. Legislation, at the state-level, mandates what constitutes a college prep curriculum. Many of the respondents implied — a college prep curriculum must be revisited so it reflects greater relevancy to the demands of a global and innovative economy.

One respondent wrote: If you want educators to be involved in entrepreneurship, then you must have it start from the top down. What I mean by that is to have the legislators fund entrepreneurship classes at the middle and high school. Then, you need to get the Superintendent/Principals of the local schools to bring in the programs to their schools.”

YEE survey respondents (82%) identified the connection between classroom and the business community key for advancing entrepreneurship education. The business communities need to make a solid case for entrepreneurship education. Entrepreneurs play a critical role a key creating value in local and global economies. As one respondent stated:The business community needs to be more vocal and proactive in support of this idea.”

A number of individuals (10) stated “Get the following on board”: superintendents, board members, administrators, principals and curriculum designers, guidance counselors and faculty. One respondent wrote: Support from the school or district administration would be needed to make the change in curriculum work, to be committed to it, and to get the school board involved as well.”

NEXT: agenda building continues – what educators said about school reform and entrepreneurship.

to be continued….


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