Response Essay

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Response: How to Get a Real Education Scott Adams shares with us the ideal framework for an entrepreneurial curriculum. In his article How to Get a Real Education, he reinforces the fact that the whole is far greater than the sum of these parts, especially in the context of an entrepreneur. Adams tells us of a couple stories from when he was in college and how he used the skills of an entrepreneur to become successful. He saw opportunities, sometimes embedded within problems, and worked them to his favor. This is what he referred to when speaking of the learned skill of transforming “nothing into something”, which is a skill that obviously applies to business. His basic idea is that much academic-oriented education is wasted on many…show more content…
Why not allow them to develop their strengths a little more and focus a little less on classes that might be enriching but otherwise meaningless? Scott Adams states “students should be taught that failure is a process, not an obstacle”, and I couldn’t agree with him more. There are many risks taken throughout the college years of your life and that’s not always a bad thing. The hard part is learning to accept and move past a failed attempt at one of those risks. Unfortunately, I think the things that are most likely to teach students problem solving skills are also the sorts of things to get their funding cut, at least the K-12 part of schooling. Student organizations, theater and arts. Of course, I also think schools should be teaching a lot more business stuff to the kids in trade schools, since they’re far more likely to end up running a business than students in the college prep classes. As far as fail forward, Adams mentions “the trick is to get paid while you’re doing the failing and to use the experience to gain skills that will be useful later on.” I’ve learned that after each new job I’ve started, I was able to bring some kind of skill from my previous field and in turn, it has made me a better worker. Adams could have ended up being a “B student” who felt inferior his whole life for not being the child who brought home A’s to his parents. Instead,
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