Teaching the Modern Renaissance: A School Based on the Startup Mindset

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

It used to be that teenage founders were an anomaly. They were super-geeks, and not in a good way. People joked about a 16-year-old CEO taking over the world and went right back to the way they’d always done business.

Now that 16-year-olds are raising $15 million rounds, and 17-year-olds are selling their startups for $30 million, Beaver Country Day School based in Brookline, Massachusetts, wants to standardize entrepreneurial success by embracing the startup mentality.

"We hire teachers here who have that startup mindset," said Peter Hutton the head of Beaver Country Day School. "Schools need to think of themselves as perpetually startups. If schools want students to be creative problem solvers, to challenge themselves in a new way, but the school itself won’t do it, that’s a bit of a mixed message."

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