Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Korean college students drop out at a 44% rate are not prepared to be independant
this blog is in response to a recent blog commenting on Korean students dropping out of US colleges.

As with any student in high school getting ready for college or the workforce Korean students are not being prepared to be on their own. Having 44% of Korean college students drop out with less numbers of students in college is even more distressing. The drop out rate among Koreans of 44% is far greater than the 34% of American, 25% of Chinese and 21% of Indian students.
These Korean students are in Korea and come to the states to go to school face the same challenges as their counterparts throughout the world.

The education system is not preparing these capable students to be independent thinkers. The curriculum that they receive allows them to get good grades but that does not translate into usable skills. They do not practice leadership, adaptability or to work in teams for example. Even though Korean students have their parents coaches and structured learning they are not being prepared for life.

In a program called the Entrepreneurial Course for High School Students junior and senior high school students in Connecticut practice the skills that will have them succeed in life. Entrepreneurship teaches you ways to approach goals and obstacles that bring out the skills needed for success in any venture. It tests your adaptability, creativity, resilience, and vision for what you want to accomplish. The students who go to work right out of high school are prepared for the job. Students who go on to college and then to work are equally prepared to be successful. Learn more about the benefits of this program for high school students go to


I was reading a blog ( family law prenutual agreements etc. to prevent some of the abuse and trauma that families may go through in a divorce.  Divorce is always a trauma to everyone. Couples you see together you suddenly are not together. Part of the reason for divorce is the lack of parenting skills. Their parents did not have training and neither did there parents. It is hard to know just which came first the chicken or the egg. Another part may be the education that they received. With our education system in even worse shape now. If we began to teach our teens what they really need to know then they may be good students, good employees good providers and good parents.

With plummeting achievement scores in many of the urban cities there is an immediate need to have an entrepreneurial approach to education as well as traditional values .

Entrepreneurship teaches you ways to approach goals and obstacles that bring out the skills needed for success in any venture-it tests your adaptability, creativity, resilience, and vision for what you want to accomplish. Learn more about the benefits of the experience of entrepreneurialism for high school students as well as adults at

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Entrepreneurship: A Valuable Experience for Life

No matter how you earn a living, an entrepreneurial approach to your work can be both personally and financially rewarding. Having an experience of entrepreneurship, whether for extra spending money or for your bread and butter, teaches you ways to approach goals and obstacles that bring out the skills needed for success in any venture.

When you launch an enterprise, be it baby-sitting, a lemonade stand, a convenience store, or a high-tech service company, you enter an exciting arena that tests your adaptability, creativity, resilience, and vision for what you want to accomplish. You practice skills that serve you well throughout your life, at work, at home and in your community: critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation, creativity, enrolling communication, and teamwork.

Regardless of the business you start, as an entrepreneur you quickly realize that you are responsible for everything, even things you delegate to others. You have a stake in the success of the enterprise, and where you engage other people, that means you have a stake in their success as well. Take this approach with your workgroup, committee, or sports teammates, and you’ll be amazed at the ideas that start to flow, the work that gets accomplished, and the “can do” attitude that spreads throughout the team. And when people work together this way, innovation and creativity flourish, and they can solve problems they didn’t know how to solve.

By Barbara Osach

Monday, October 20, 2008

Obama missing the mark on our education system

Senator Barack Obama missed the mark in his recent speech, that was commented on by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet in her blog on September 9th, when he said that the way to educate our workforce effectively is to upgrade and revamp our schools. I agree that some revamping may be in order but that will not make the difference that our students need right now.

The senator mentioned that an educated workforce is essential for America to compete and win and that 2/3rds of all new jobs require a higher education or advanced training. As the need for skilled workers rises our pool of qualified people entering the workforce is dwindling due in part to the high dropout rate in many urban cities.

What will make the difference to engage students to stay in school and get the education they need are programs that teach the practical skills needed in the workplace, and make the connection from their classroom work to their future career.

He also said, and here is also where I disagree, that knowledge is the most valuable skill you can sell. Knowledge is wonderful. I love to learn and have information about many subjects: such as science, history, animals, and global warming, to name a few. But knowledge by itself, without the practical skills to implement or adapt the knowledge that we have, is more than a waste of time. We are kidding ourselves that with the knowledge we automatically will make the leap from knowledge to implementation without action. What is more valuable than knowledge is the skills our workforce needs to be creative, adaptable and flexible with the knowledge that they acquire.

The best place for our high school students to learn these skills needed to be successful in the workplace is from an afterschool program called The Entrepreneurial Course for High School Students, taught by a nonprofit organization called EntrepreneursNOW, Inc. ( In nine weeks, starting from nothing, and with the weekly guidance of a facilitator, the students open businesses and sell products at a Business Fair. The students are not told what business, or how to legally earn the money to start the business, and they work in teams that they did not choose. They practice skills designed to enhance their focus and their problem-solving abilities. When they are through the nine weeks they are not the same children. They are truly ready to meet the world with power and a knowing that they can succeed.