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Meeting the Acute Need for Entrepreneurial Skills

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 6 April 2005



Meeting the Acute Need for Entrepreneurial Skills
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Posted DateWednesday 6 April 2005 08:04 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
CategoriesInnovation; Education
PeopleDave Pollard 

I love the work of Dave Pollard. And never understand how he finds the time to write so prolifically. I particularly like his recent post on the need for entrepreneurial skills and the following comment:
It's at once a radical and a pragmatic approach, one that mimics as much as possible the learning that entrepreneurs get on the job. While the professors I have spoken to love it, the university executives higher up shudder at the thought of a curriculum with no classroom, no instructor and no lecturing. They find the concept threatening, and say it would be impossible to 'sell' to curriculum committees, which are, they confess, in the business of filling seats in their expensive real estate and defending the process of tenured experts lecturing as somehow a better way of imparting knowledge than letting students find things out for themselves. Rather than trying to change their minds, I have concluded that, since they have nothing to offer those who need entrepreneurial skills other than the 'brand' of the university, we're better off finding a way to provide entrepreneurial education without them.
I agree with Dave, they will never change, there are better ways! I beleieve that the education system or should I call it the training system is in for a bumpy ride over the next decade.

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