Failure as an Option

When you spend over a decade in school and some of us a few more years in college, we are taught one thing – that failure is not an option.  In fact, we’re taught that you are a failure if you fail.  Some of US learn that an A is the only acceptable grade.  Average is C and anything below that really tweaks with you sense of identity and self.

But, how do we as teachers teach – failure as an option.  I mean, you read stories of all of these people that have created and invented amazing things – and they fail miserably.  Many great things come through failure.  I’m a big fan of trying stuff out and exploring.

If any of my students don’t learn failure and how to deal with it, then I think I’ve failed.

Anyway, here’s to failure as an option.

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