As educators, we can bring these issues into the classroom, and discuss them in constructive ways that test one another’s assumptions and leave our students mindful. I want our students to see themselves not just as good leaders of organizations but also as stewards of capitalism. Infusing that mentality among international students isn’t easy. I say to them, “Look, I came from India, where capitalism was seen as a fixed game. Your job is to change that.”
William J. Holstein is a contributing editor to s+b and author of The Next American Economy: Blueprint for a Real Recovery (Walker & Company, 2011) and Why GM Matters: Inside the Race to Transform an American Icon (Walker & Company, 2009).