Friday, March 15, 2013

Kids Learn to Fear Failure, Not To Value It

Great article from The Sheaf, University of Saskatchewan makes the case that we systematically drill in a fear of failure into children, especially as they move through the school system, quote:  "The first thing students look at when a professor returns an exam or assignment is the grade — not the corrections or the suggestions that are scrawled in the margins. There are no marks awarded for doing something new or for caring deeply about what you’re learning. When only the grade is important, students lose any interest in doing work beyond what is necessary to get a good mark."

Perhaps this is why many adults have a fear of making mistakes, failure, all from a process that was drilled into us long ago... now completely subconscious but still able to run our feelings about taking risks and being willing to fail, let alone embrace failure. Just a guess. I could be wrong.

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