Common sense can't be taught, but what about Positive Failure?
Its high time we no longer fish for our children and teach them to catch them on their own.
What do I mean by that? We need to be proactive in the constant reforming of the No Child Left Behind Act. Get involved. This is targeted at all educators, i.e. parents, teachers, counselors, principals. Basically, if you have any part of the process in which a child receives his or her education, you are included. That means all the teenage babysitters too. The economy is rough, but the only investment that is guaranteed to bear substantial returns are the ones we make in our children.
Who ever had the idea that it was a bad thing to have winners because it makes everyone feel bad is a selfish, sore loser who is either, too embarrassed, too apathetic, or just plain ignorant to see the repercussions. If we do not claim a winner, then we are sending a message that tells our youth that progression isn't a necessity, its an option. Its a vicious cycle with cancerous qualities. When the feelings of individuals are held higher than the needs off the nation, things need to change. Fortunately, the budget request for 2015 aims more toward a risk and reward format rather than the current standard. Nearly 90% of the education budget will be allocated to formula based education (normal school) and competitive education will only receive 11%, thus restoring the prestige to accelerated education.
I know that no one wants to see their child upset because they didn't succeed, or you might feel bad for giving them an F so it gets smudged to a D-.The fact of the matter is, you need to let them fail. The worse they fail, the better. We as a human race have proven time and again that the harder we fall from a loss, the stronger we return to face the next challenge. We need to get better at recognizing when failures can bring positive results.
Consider this: As long as we prepare for moments of failure by properly educating ourselves to use the correct techniques to guide them in the right direction, they will find their own way to succeed.
If they aren't accepting help, don't help them. Why on Earth would it seem like a good idea to hinder the education of capable students to accommodate a few less fortunate for more than one lesson? We have jobs targeted for their level of education and motivation to maintain their status a productive member of society: Fast Food. Don't like it? Good. Now we have fuel for the motivational fire. With a system that allows for failure, they have the option to prevent future unfavorable results. Without what I like to call positive failure, we have allowed extremely under qualified people in positions that over qualified employees hope for a chance at. We have an alarming amount of people stuck in a paycheck to paycheck life that I guarantee possess the ability to run things better than the current operations manager.
DO NOT take my word for any of this. I purposely left out all resources for my information as a first step to properly educate anyone who may read this. With that said, I leave you with 2 options:
Option 1: Prove me wrong. I want you to challenge this idea of positive failure. I want you to try and discredit all of my arguments with proper research. The more it's validity is tested, the more the need becomes more apparent. Nothing would satisfy me more than knowing I am completely wrong and our youth is being properly educated.
Option 2: If you agree with me and you don't feel the need to prove me wrong, then write about how we can raise awareness. Look for any other aspects in the education process that could have huge impacts on how we function in society. Maybe look at teen pregnancy? Or even under age drinking? A proper education is an 18 year long process that requires complete dedication from all parties. Hopefully this will help target some under lying issues.
What do you think...?
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I attended a Ted talk in which a UK education minister made an interesting point in contrasting Asian teaching methods versus Western ones. They said that in the West, we prize talent and "cleverness", so that we praise our children by telling them how clever they are... whereas in the East, they reward hard work and praise children for putting in the effort and due-diligence to get strong scores. The primary difference between these two approaches being that the former encourages narcissism without really preparing our children for failure and the world at large (in which failure plays a large role).
I think there is a lot more to be learned from failure than from success, which could have been attributed to luck and, therefore, not repeatable. Only by making a string of small failures can we really evolve and progress our knowledge and understanding of what makes a significant difference in our endeavours.--David G. Wilson