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by Kevin Coupe

This morning’s Eye-Opener comes from Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, who wrote a fabulous piece for the Wall Street Journal about the entrepreneurial skills that we should be teaching our young people.

Here’s how he frames the question:

“I understand why the top students in America study physics, chemistry, calculus and classic literature. The kids in this brainy group are the future professors, scientists, thinkers and engineers who will propel civilization forward. But why do we make B students sit through these same classes? That's like trying to train your cat to do your taxes - a waste of time and money. Wouldn't it make more sense to teach B students something useful, like entrepreneurship?”

The piece is precisely as entertaining and insightful as one would expect an Adams column to be. I’m not sure I agree with him entirely - I actually think that some of the business students who grew up to be investment bankers and hedge funders might have had a few more compunctions about business practices that threw the nation into a financial tailspin if they’d actually paid attention to a little Shakespeare, read a little F. Scott Fitzgerald or Ernest Hemingway, or understood that there is more to life than just creating wealth.

That said, he makes some salient points about the entrepreneurial qualities that businesses should be looking for in their employees. And those of us who are parents of kids who are moving into the world of business should forward the column to our children, as a reference they can use as they make themselves marketable.

The story can be found here .
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