I WAS WRONG!!!!
But that's how we learn.
That's how we get truly better.
... people who are never wrong [just ask them ;) ]... scare me.)
From now on every blog post
will include my latest numbskullery.
Let's start with... I was wrong to not
post more often. And not a traditional web page? I really need your thoughts on that.
but occasionally... I am
My latest trip was over to
the U of Minnesota for the midwinter board meeting of the Academy of
Management's Entrepreneurship Division. Time to plan for the year ahead such as
the giant conference in August in Vancouver (~15,000 of my closest friends?
I'm excited for the
conference - more on that later...
But, Norris, weren't you going to tell us where are
.....like the 96% of university
officials think they are doing a good job of preparing students for the real
world, only 11% of businesses. Oops. When Gallup Education's Brandon Busteed
shared that in Boise this week, the gasps were audible.
What matters to keep students
engaged AND productively learning AND ready for the future is... getting to
achieve in projects that matter, real world, team-oriented, etc. Whether K-12
or college... that's what moves the needle. I was right about that! ;)
And what does that better
The best entrepreneurship
programs: Personally-relevant, practically valuable problem-based learning.
Not quizzes, homework, multiple-choice tests, or even in-class lectures. My
best colleagues are doing that - and in November the OECD assembled 26
incredible K-12 programs. If this approach works with 3rd graders.... Just wow.
Conclusion #1: We need youth entrepreneurship
programs broad & deep in our schools.
This won't work - none of these "engagement" projects work unless it
is (a) experiential -- learners need
to take away the right lessons, so (b) you need actual educators, people who are trained in how people really learn
[see, I came back!] and how to make that work. IOW, professional educators. Accept
Way too many entrepreneurship programs, even at good
schools, that claim to be experiential… simply are NOT experiential. Hands-on
is NOT the same thing. If a program tells you "we are building the
entrepreneurial mindset" and we are "experiential"... the odds
are... they are NOT. (Read my
stuff or watch my
video or tell me to blog on that soon.)
Conclusion #2: Demand that programs are designed,
developed and delivered by actual expert educators. Demand that students are
Administrators don't like these engagement activities; say it's not "teaching"
and... ouch. For example, I've had friends do courses that *I* would love to take... and they got
penalized by the deans. Seriously? Worse, it goes on everywhere.
If you are still reading,
will you email or message me that you did? A martini or coke
awaits at least one of you. :)
And, yes, in my next post I
will give you details about my submissions to the Academy of Management...