Excerpt #1 from Teaching the Entrepreneurial Mindset | Stephen Carter | 7 Min Read

September 5, 2023

Publication is scheduled for early October 2023. For updates on the publication of this book, click here. This is the first of two excerpts from Stephen’s new book.

Visit any classroom from ten years ago (and many still operating today), or watch any pseudo-inspirational educator as a hero film, and you’ll be confronted with the annoyingly persistent question: “Why do we have to learn this?” Also presented in the form of “When are we ever going to use this?”,  the question has led many an otherwise fine teacher down the path of self-doubt and distraction.

“Because” the well-meaning teacher responds, “Because, you’ll need this in the future.”

“But when?” the student persists.

“When you get a career. This stuff is important. You’ll see. It just is. Now let’s turn to page 265 and complete the first ten problems.”

And with that seemingly simple response, the teacher just lost all credibility in the eyes of the students. This is the hard truth that we as educators all subconsciously know and yet often fail to recognize—our students are smarter than we give them credit for. Yes, even that one student you’re now thinking of, sitting in the…

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy where he has taught for 18 years. His most recent book, Teaching the Entrepreneurial Mindset, chronicles the ten-year journey of developing the entrepreneurship and sustainability program and his own experience in learning to think like an entrepreneur. He is the founder of Seed Tree Group (www.seedtreegroup.com) where he helps K-12 schools build impactful entrepreneurship programming. He can be reached at [email protected].