The words of wisdom in the title come from Albert Einstein. Within the world of education, harnessing the power of failure is very much in vogue at the moment, inspired to a large extent by the work of Carol Dweck. The idea is simple: those who fear failure will not try out new ideas and will therefore deprive themselves of valuable learning opportunities. This applies as much to teachers as to students!
A school in Wimbledon recently held a “Failure week”, designed to help the students understand that whilst failure is not very pleasant, this does not necessarily mean it is a bad thing. The school encouraged pupils to embrace the positives that come out of failure. It also discussed strategies for dealing with the negatives.
All of this links in with resilience or grit, and the idea that schools should be helping youngsters to acquire the attitude and ability to cope with setbacks and to overcome challenges.
Some useful links and resources which might offer inspiration on this topic: