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Read — What happens when teachers think like entrepreneurs?

A couple of months ago, I read an article in GOOD Magazine titled “Are ‘Teacherpreneurs’ the Future of Education?” There was one line in that whole article that really stuck out to me about “teacherpreneurs: the people who teach in the classroom are also the ones generating education policy reform, which is a 180 from what happens now.”

My experience as a student really influenced my views on education. While we talked about how to change education, we challenged ourselves to create something that used the power of the Internet to democratize learning outside of the classroom. Skillshare was born shortly afterwards and we haven’t looked back since.

But, what happens when teachers think like entrepreneurs?

You get true innovation inside of the classroom. You get teacherpreneurs like Charles Best (DonorsChoose), Salman Khan (Khan Academy), and Jen Schnidman (Kickboard). I believe in order to truly change education, we need more “teacherpreneurs: classroom experts who teach while also serving as teacher education, policy researchers, community organizers and trustees of their profession.”

When we have entrepreneurs changing education inside and outside of the classroom, we’ll start creating complementary solutions to a problem as complex as education.

When I was in graduate school, I had a teacher that would always tell me that “hard work is a waste of time if your ideas sucks.”  Every Wednesday morning he would repeat those words. The class was on creative thinking and the teacher was Mark Fenske who was part of the early team at W&K that created the Nike brand. He was also one of my favorite teachers – no matter how hard he was on us.

He would also say another quote in class, “Progress comes from mistakes, not success.” 

That’s the only way we can reinvent the future.

— Written by Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Skillshare CEO

This blog post is part of the Skillshare Magazine: Edition 1.

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