Educational Entrepreneurship Today

Educational Entrepreneurship Today

Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane
paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-927-3
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cloth, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-928-0
Price: $62.00

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In Educational Entrepreneurship Today, Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane assemble a diverse lineup of high-profile contributors to examine the contexts in which new initiatives in education are taking shape. They inquire into the impact of entrepreneurship on the larger field—including the development and deployment of new technologies—and analyze the incentives, barriers, opportunities, and tensions that support or constrain innovation.


Backward-looking and forward-facing at the same time, this book reveals how and why entrepreneurial activity in education first began, what themes have dominated the movement thus far, and offers compelling insights into the opportunities that lie ahead. — Monica C. Higgins, Kathleen McCartney Professor of Education Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education

At a time when almost all people must be well educated and highly skilled to meet the demands of an increasingly exciting, complex and inequitable world, it is imperative to understand the opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurial endeavors to produce and scale breakthrough solutions. In these chapters are insights that will benefit any education stakeholder interested in creating opportunity for all. — Jim Shelton, president and chief impact officer, 2U, Inc.

Hess and McShane have me deep in thought once again. You won’t agree with all of what you read here; you aren’t expected to. This is not a book of solutions or recommendations. Rather, it is full of considerations, reflections, and possibilities. — Deborah A. Gist, superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools, Oklahoma

This volume provides refreshing essays that mostly eschew the typical cheerleading or criticism of entrepreneurial efforts to improve America's schools, and instead offer competing ideas for how to tap the strengths of entrepreneurship in education and mitigate its risks. — Jon Schnur, executive chairman, America Achieves

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About the Editors

Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Michael Q. McShane is director of education policy at the Show-Me Institute and an adjunct fellow in education policy studies at AEI.