A blog post from a former teacher and current impact evaluator.
I venture to say that public education is in the midst of an identity crisis. Government-provided schooling is one of the world’s oldest social institutions, yet it overwhelmingly fails to act as an institution driven by a social mission. The United States is increasingly admitting that its public schools fail to deliver the social impact necessary to equip every young person to achieve the American dream. We acknowledge that students aren’t satisfactorily proficient in reading and math and that many are not graduating from high school. But why is this happening, and how can we fix it? How can we maximize the effectiveness of our schools? Continue reading
One question I think about a lot is why social entrepreneurship has become increasingly prominent in the past decade. I do not have a definitive answer, but some of the growth can likely be ascribed to the tremendous role volunteerism plays among today’s youth. As Robert Putnam notes in his classic book Bowling Alone, volunteerism is much more popular among young people today than it was for the generation that came before it.
When I talk to people about why social entrepreneurship is important, I’m often asked whether I think all entrepreneurship is social. “Entrepreneurship creates jobs, and creating jobs is good,” the argument goes.
At Compass Partners, we strive to empower young social entrepreneurs. People often ask us what we believe social entrepreneurship is and how we think social entrepreneurship differs from entrepreneurship. Those are great questions….