Edupreneurs: Could Teachers Become the Next Batch of Startup Entrepreneurs?

Edupreneurs: Could Teachers Become the Next Batch of Startup Entrepreneurs?

When comedian Rodney Dangerfield uttered the words, “I don’t get no respect,” millions of teachers and adjunct professors might have been nodding in agreement. According to a GEMS Foundation survey of 21 countries, Americans think of teachers at about the same level as librarians — meaning that they are not valued as highly as in other countries such as China, where they are perceived by over 33% of people as being at the same level as doctors. Only about 5% of Americans surveyed see teachers that way.

Are American Educators Valued?

Someone might posit that while education is valued in America, maybe teachers or the curriculum or both are not so valued. It’s a sad commentary on the education system, regardless of who is to blame. It’s a catch-22 situation: education is important, but we do not value the educators, the education system or maybe both. As possible evidence of the lowered value of educators, consider both grade school teachers and adjunct professors.


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Meridith Dennes is a co-founder and the CEO of Project Eve LLC, a leading women's lifestyle media company online including some of the web's best loved communities including the eponymous Project Eve, Getting Balance, Project Eve Moms, Project Eve Money and Scary Puppy Silly Kitty. With a digital readership in excess of 20+ million monthly uniques, and over 1 million social media followers, Project Eve provides the news and resources to inspire and empower women. Meridith also works as a digital consultant and social media strategist and has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to help increase brand awareness and improve social media engagement. Meridith holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. Prior to founding Project Eve, she spent 15 years working in investment banking. Meridith currently lives in Vermont with her husband and 2 daughters and spends her free time teaching skiing, practicing yoga, hiking and snowshoeing.