Why we need to make failure a friend (and not the enemy)…and then show children how to bounce back and use their failures constructively. I know my younger son, who struggles with anxiety, had particular trouble with this. He’d sit and stare at his computer screen for hours rather than make a “mistake.” He’s still working on it now in college. True of so many of us. Hopefully the good news of this study will change the perception that failure is to be avoided at all costs…because the costs can be very high.
“By being obsessed with success, students are afraid to fail, so they are reluctant to take difficult steps to master new material. Acknowledging that difficulty is a crucial part of learning could stop a vicious circle in which difficulty creates feelings of incompetence that in turn disrupts learning.”