Homeschoolers are Entrepreneurs

My initial reading of an article about children from the ages of 5 and up attending entrepreneurial camps left me a bit ambivalent on the subject. Then I reread it and let the content sink in. The argument for these camps was that children are born imaginative, energetic and willing to take risks but that this spirit is lost as they move through the education system and many families wish to revive it. I certainly agree with that line of thinking and was warming up to the idea. I also had to agree with James Schrager of the Chicago Booth School of Business, that these classes were the modern version of the old way families used to teach business by taking their children to the workplace. Then I investigated the format of the classes which is to present a problem, work to find a solution often in groups and then be able to explain and execute your idea. Wow, I realized this is what my children and I had done for all of the years they had been homeschoolers. We had focused our efforts on knowledge and confidence building for their education just as these camps focus on skill building to create and market products and ideas.

Each of my children had the problem of deciding how to best learn the subjects at hand that year plus any other skills that interested them. My children would come up with creative ideas and solutions on their own but we often discussed them as a group and worked on them as a family, so we had the group work covered. In our family the children had no trouble sharing what they had created or discovered, so any subject or project was presented and debated thoroughly. When an actual product or idea was put before our group there were always volunteers to watch a science experiment, taste a new dish cooked, or listen to discourse on how the Rocky Mountains were formed. Through the years of sharing these experiences my children developed an entrepreneurial spirit to continue to learn, listen and be productive members of society. As homeschoolers we are the ultimate entrepreneurs of education and though our focus might not be solely on business or wealth creation we are providing the world with a valuable commodity; thinking, creative and self-confident adults.

For anyone interested in researching these entrpreneurial programs as a learning tool to be attended or duplicated the camp names mentioned in the Wall Street Journal article by Charlie Wells are:

“8 and UP”

Girl Startup 101

Lemonade Stand 101



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