A Search For Commonalities Among Education Business Plan Competitions

The enormous range and variation across education business plan competitions — from structure, to who is eligible, to judging conventions and amount of money awarded — is significant because it highlights that there is not a consensus about the “best” way to run an education business plan competition. The variation also suggests other potential differences. Do we have different philosophies of what it means to innovate in education? Does “innovation” mean new school models? New technology? Drastically different pedagogy? Do we have different definitions of what it means to be “educated”? Should receiving an education entail the traditional three “R”s- reading, writing, arithmetic? Should we value competency or mastery? Should we take a whole-child approach or a subject content approach? If we agree on what kind of education children should receive, do we agree on how we can realize this vision?

Original: Forbes Real Time