There’s a new petition for legislators on the hill and it appeals for entrepreneurial lessons to be taught in the classroom. The E2 Petition, initiated by Anthony Delmedico, an independent entrepreneur, urges community members to encourage legislators and educators to consider a course in business and innovative practices to be taught throughout grades 4-12. While courses on this subject are traditionally found in higher education, Delmedico says students need to be encouraged at an early age. Delmedico first began his crusade after speaking at the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit in November 2011 in Washington, D.C. While preparing to speak with the students in attendance, he began realizing the need for “an army of entrepreneurs.”
"Small businesses create the vast majority of jobs,” says Delmedico. “We’re preparing kids for jobs that aren’t there. Kids need to know how to think outside of the box to create jobs rather than hoping to find one.”
Delmedico, although not an educator, says, as a father, he often sees that students are disinterested in what they’re learning because they cannot connect it to real life. “The petition calls for this course to be a required core curriculum no different than Math, English or Science to teach students financial literacy and the value of money.”
The E2 Petition, which was made available online in March, is a call for action and does not have a detailed curriculum proposed. Delmedico, however, says that he envisions the class as beginning at the elementary level and then, by high school, becoming a project-based course. To view the petition, visit e2petition.com.