In a previous post , I shared my thoughts about the “insiders” who can and should help reshape our education system. As many readers and friends pointed out, there are also “outsiders” who need to play a part.
Parents and Education
In most cases, for better or worse, parents are the most influential person in a child’s life. Parents need to play a direct role in their child’s education. We need to monitor and join in their learning. We need to communicate with teachers and other school folks who all play a role in our child’s education and work as a team. Our children need to develop their skill set. They also need to develop the mindset that will be necessary in the future career force – creativity, imagination, collaboration, failure, hustle. Where the schools fail (in cultivating that mindset and also in exposing them to digital literacy and things like that) the parents must fill those voids.
Entrepreneurs and Education
Entrepreneurs should inject themselves into the education paradigm. They know how to make something from nothing, how to rebuild something, how to hustle. We desperately need them to engage in this conversation. They have the resources that people listen to. They have the experience people listen to. They can be the perfect champions; as Brad Feld illustrates, entrepreneurs are the proper people to put and the heart of building and developing such a program.
Organizations and Education
All of our communities have many organizations interested in education, economic development, innovation, entrepreneurship. There are government agencies, local corporations, small businesses, NGOs / non-profits. It is critical to have the support of organizations, for field trips, for mentors, for internships, for some larger resources (although I hate to feel indebted to someone)
Combining these folks with the teachers, students, and administrators on the inside would create a phenomenally powerful education force. It doesn’t have to be that hard. It’s about finding someone who doesn’t seem to have an agenda and that person coordinating discussions to get things going.