Schools lack entrepreneurship training…

Yesterday I received a Google alert email that included an article in the Blackburn Citizen about entrepreneurship. It stated how Entrepreneur Training is lacking in schools, and that bosses at the pioneering Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA), are leading the way by incorporating entrepreneurship in the curriculum from year seven upwards.

It states that… “Youngsters are taught key skills such as risk taking, creativity and problem solving by running mock businesses, taking part in work experience placements and partnering with local community projects”

This is all great stuff, and obviously much needed. In fact it’s just the type of thing I am working on myself, and my attitude is ‘the more the merrier’. If you want you can read the full article here.

What annoyed me though and led me to write this post was a throwaway comment made by a reader, who states that…

“I’m all for teaching ‘enterprise’. I just hope they don’t turn the kids into capitalist whores who think the only importance in life is financial wealth”

Now I may be wrong, but I very much doubt that the reader is ‘all for teaching enterprise‘ at all, but is so programmed with anti-rich ‘memes’ that he has little or no chance of financial success himself. This I would imagine is making him bitter, and he vents his anger by spouting inane remarks such as this that he’s picked up in the socialist worker or the latest Michael Moore book.

In my experience most entrepreneurs are producers, but they also understand the importance of contribution and value for value exchange, not just profit. They don’t build their business ‘for the money’, but because they absolutely love what they do (which is why they are successful). The money comes later as a result of all of the above. What’s more it’s very well deserved.

Or perhaps the commentator is confusing entrepreneurs with profiteering bankers? Well in my opinion they are worlds apart…

Maybe it would change his perception to take a look at the Giving Pledge website, where some of the wealthiest people on the planet are pledging to give away their entire fortunes to good causes.

Of course there are always exceptions, but they don’t usually last long. Or, if they do, something happens eventually to bring them down (check out my last blog post).

Anyhow, what do you think?

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