I’d have to admit that the greatest lessons I learnt at school were always motivated by failure, or fear of failure. Those were the experiences that changed my mind-set, my techniques or my attention span!
In life beyond school failure is an intermittent fellow traveller and, if we are only conditioned to thrive on success then the body blow of a failure in our personal or professional life can be very hard to experience.
The whole basis of science is one of experiment with uncertain outcomes to expand the envelope of the known and understood.
As a recent Nelson Mandela quote stated “I never fail, I either win or I learn” and this article about controlled failure in a classroom setting poses some interesting questions about having students experience and learn from failure…