The Biggest Step in Education Is Learning How to Fail

You need to read this.

You need to read this because it’s a real thing. Perfection. No, perfection isn’t real. And though the pursuit of perfection is real, it’s the fear that goes along with it that I’m talking about.

And it has made its way into education on all levels.

In her article on Mind/Shift, Holly Korbey suggests that failure can be valuable and that parents are missing that mark. Drawing on Jessica Lahey’s book, The Gift of Failure, Korbey makes a list of things educators can do to help parents let their kids fall . . . and learn how to get back up. On their own.

Here are her three main points:

Help parents understand that the long term growth of children is more important than a 10/10 on their weekly math assignment.

Parents know the saying: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.

Parent portals and weekly check ups with teachers undermines any trust parents might give to their kids.

Boiled down, Korbey and Lahey suggest that trusting kids is better than spell checking over their shoulder.

Or writing their paper for them.

Because, remember, the A+ on a 10-point written assignment isn’t worth all the moments years later the kid will spend looking over his shoulder, wondering does this comma go before the conjunction or after—wish Dad was here to tell me.

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