Interesting insight into failure from this article in The Sheaf from the University of Saskatchewan made 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.”
Luckily through the work of Carol Dweck (author of Mindset) some of this old way of rewarding kids is starting to change. In her book mindset, Dweck talks about two types of mindset – the fixed and the growth mindset. She details the needs that schools in order to develop children with growth mindsets, we need to rewards attempts not just results. It is only when kids can see that their efforts – regardless of whether they fully succeeded or failed – is really what will get them far in life and that it is not just about proving themselves over and over. That is the fault of the fixed mindset.
I highly encourage you to grab a copy of Mindset today!
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