Reinventing Schools

The Spirit on Entrepreneurial Change

Dennis Campbell, Brianna Bruce, and Angela McWilliams

CUR/505 – Social and Global Perspectives of Teacher Leadership

February 10, 2013

Dr. Patricia Thorpe

How might schools in the United States be reinvented to better serve students?


To reinvent schools systems within the United States, we need to shift our focus to what really matters! The student, the individual, the heart, the creative person. Rather than concentrating on data, statistics, standardized test performance, and mass academic achievement, educators MUST sharpen their focus on "rebooting" the educational process. Educators MUST resist conforming to the traditional structure of academics and seek out new and innovative ways to educate our children. Teachers and teacher leaders NEED to stoke the fire of the global entrepreneurial spirit and rekindle their passion for teaching to the student, NOT the test. The United States education systems NEEDS to rethink its stance on education and remember that education is a tool to encourage and enable individuals to discover their passion and potential while fostering freedom and creativity.

Ken Robinson - Gillian Lynne - Igloo Animations

Where Do We Start?

In Your community, on Your campus, in Your Own Classroom and Right Now!


"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Ghandi

Social entrepreneurial attitude can affect school change

"The Khan Academy provides an opportunity for each students to develop an ownership of their education and use that entrepreneurial attitude to drive their success" (Khan, 2012).

How?

In 2013, The Khan Academy, won the School Entrepreneurship Award for their ability to create an entrepreneurial spirit in the K-12 classroom. Their attitude and approach to teaching helps students to achieve academic success both individually and collectively, based on their own strengths and abilities.


Khan Academy frames its program around the core entrepreneurial concept of self-paced, distinct, student-centered learning. Students are responsible for their own education, and because their motivation is both intrinsic and extrinsic, they see value and strive to succeed. Khan allows students to tackle concepts at their own pace. Further, each student is provided a dashboard that tracks strengths and weaknesses, as well as time spent on each lesson, with the intention of allowing student and teacher to see where the student is excelling and where they need help.


“Education is a fundamental human right!” Sal Khan


The founder of Khan Academy believes that education is a right not a privilege. Hence, access to the program is free, thus reaching over one million users working through over three million lessons and exercises a day worldwide! Any student, anywhere, can access the site and complete lesson covering math, science, and the humanities.

Khan Academy | 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Who is Affected? Well, Everyone!

What Changes?

Well, everything! How schools are run, how teachers teach, how communities interact with schools, how students learn, think, and feel, and how the world receives graduates from the United States, all changes. When the United States adopts the value system of entrepreneurship, it undertakes a radical social attitude reformation. Student mindset shifts from the traditional paradigm of academic success (good grades, high test scores) to a measure of success more aligned with the entrepreneurial spirit of tangible benefits and rewards.

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