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Making Friends With Failure

Making Friends With Failure
No one likes failure, the F-word, no matter how you sugarcoat it. But failure is a part of life. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Stuff happens. But if we recast these situations right, we learn to create a new normal, to persevere, to learn to be more flexible, or to redirect our energies. Using the F-Word in School There is a major disconnect between schools and the real world on the notion of failure. Failure is hard for everyone, but interestingly, it's particularly hard for high-achieving students. We need to give our children more opportunities to build a relationship with failure. One cure for the fear of failure is to rebrand it. Rebranding Failure Schools have this failure-thing, the F-word, all wrong. We have to take the classroom back and make it a sacred space where asking questions is OK. This is ironic, since children are innately risk-takers. We need to teach children great stories of failure. Now, get out there and fail!

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