by William Damon
April 02, 2014
Entrepreneurship has played a decisive role in American identity and aspirations, but it is a role marked both by uncertainty. We do hear a lot about entrepreneurs today, at least about the technology tycoons, and economic prognosticators see entrepreneurship as the main, perhaps the sole, pathway to a prosperous future. Yet the large majority of the U.S. working population is not entrepreneurial. What is happening to the entrepreneurial spirit in the nation at large? Are we failing to cultivate it in the places where Americans are raised and educated? Our schools should make room for the range of subject matter that inspires student interest in the world beyond the classroom and cultivates the broader character strengths and mental habits that lead to success. Global technology is opening new pathways toward entrepreneurial careers; schools must prepare students to pursue them.