When Joseph Schumpeter shared his idea of creative destruction with the economic world, he intended to praise entrepreneurs for contributing to economic growth. The basic idea was that innovative entrepreneurs created companies that shattered the value of existing market actors. However, the benefits of this destruction far outweighed the cost as they generated economic growth through improvements like value added inventions and/or enhanced productivity. In other words, innovative entrepreneurs create new value, but in the process destroy the value proposition of an existing business. A good way to look at this is through the lens of music. From records, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, to mp3s new innovation destroyed older business models, but also provided tremendous benefits to the consumer and the music industry.
In many ways I believe our education system is in need of more entrepreneurial teachers to ‘creatively destroy’ it. That’s one of the reasons I started this blog: to extend the idea of thinking entrepreneurially to the education field. I don’t always agree with Bill Gates on education, but this is a really important statement that I think fits here: “Training the work force of tomorrow with the high-school students of today is like trying to teach kids about today’s computers on a 50-year old mainframe. Our high schools were designed 50 years ago to meet the needs of another age. Until we design them to meet the needs of the 21st century, we will keep limiting — even ruining — the lives of millions of Americans every year.”
What are you going to do to ‘creatively destroy’ your curriculum this year?