Schooling is a system that has been in vogue for many centuries now. While the methods of schooling might have differed between periods, the concept has been in existence across the globe from time immemorial. This concept has contributed a large number of people to the working class which has striven hard for the development of the society. The reality however has been that all efforts of schools culminate to create employees, not entrepreneurs.
Contribution of conventional schools
Conventional schools prepared students for living life in a disciplined manner. Students of such schools were expected to just absorb information in a passive manner. The teachers acted as the major source of knowledge and information. Parents had no role to play in a typical conventional school scenario.
Conventional schools treated the community around as a separate entity which was involved only for commercial purposes attached to education. Marks scored by the students in the exams conducted by the schools acted as the basic tool to assess the level of knowledge of students. Schools worked more like one of the tasks to be endured by the students than a value adding place.
All the above created a subservient mentality in students right from the young age. They grew up with a mindset which was highly closed. The activity of fostering thinking did not happen at all. Children grew up like machines which worked in a perfect manner as per the given instructions.
Entrepreneurship is a different ball game
The gap between the education system and entrepreneurship is still huge despite the developments witnessed in the schooling systems.
Progressive schooling is the requirement of the day. Instead of preparing students to live life, schools must become a part and parcel of life. Schooling must not alienate students but involve them in activities as problems solvers and planners. Teachers must take the role of guides and facilitators fostering creative thinking skills rather than remaining entities of authority. Parents must be involved in the learning experience, making children learn goal setting and many more attributes that will lead them to success.
Children must be allowed to take decisions so that their risk taking abilities get fostered right from a young age. Learning must be approached more from a pragmatic angle and must not get limited to the content in the text books. Knowledge assessment of students must be based on their interactions rather than just their grades in the exams. Such assessments must lead to progression rather than being the end point to define the potential of students.
Change in the approach of schools
When the approach of schools changes and the community gets involved in the complete process, every child will learn entrepreneurial skills right from their childhood. No school or college can foster entrepreneurial skills in an exclusive manner. They can only teach a bunch of life skills which can value add to the students as future human beings.
Creating entrepreneurs is the collective responsibility of many entities around students. Let us stop creating employees in huge numbers. Employees create middle income class of people in the society. When we focus in creating more and more entrepreneurs, we create a world of successful business which will improve the quality of life we live in a holistic manner.