Thursday, January 1, 2009

Starting the New Year 2009 with failure?

How important is failing? This might seem like a strange question, but the reality is, if we don't fail, how will we know how to rebound when it does happen? In society today we are constantly insulating our children from failure. We have the "everyone wins" school of thought or the "winning is everything" mantra, but what happens when everyone does not win, or when a child does fail at something?

I am in the school of thought that children need to learn how to fail and how to recover and try again. I was reading a blog of one person in educational technology who points out that some of the fear in using technology is that people don't know what to do if it does not work, if it fails. Well, we need to try again! The greatest minds of our world rarely get the right answer or the life changing discovery on the first try. Rather it is how they have learned from their failures and were able to build upon them. The same blog referenced this video of Michael Jordan, and it is quite poetic.

Thinking ahead, I am looking forward to my failures as well as my successes and what may come of them both.

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