Cory Leonard

Brown Alumna Recalls What She Failed to Learn – NYTimes.com

In career on November 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Avoiding failure is built into our ed systems on the path for accomplished students.  We should ask what we really need to be learning:

Because, as research shows, actual learning comes by making mistakes and figuring out what went wrong and how to make it right. In a world of high-achieving but vaguely lost new graduates, the importance of not always doing well or being told you are doing well is gaining currency. Recently, David McCullough Jr., a high school English teacher and son of the historian David McCullough, signed a book deal based on his popular commencement speech, “You Are Not Special,” which was widely viewed on YouTube. What young graduates want today, Mr. McCullough said in his speech, is the accumulation of accolades rather than genuine intellectual reward: “It’s, what does this get me?” The book, according to a publicity statement, will argue that “life is a great adventure to swallow whole rather than a checklist to complete.”

via Brown Alumna Recalls What She Failed to Learn – NYTimes.com.

 

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