Tuesday, November 26, 2013


A couple of weeks ago, I had classes take part in a Socratic Symposium on "Failure" in preparation for the launch of Harmonized Learning.  During this discussion, students made several great points about the role of failure in one's learning.  They noticed a discontinuity between what failure sometimes can do for them and how we perceive failure in schools.  Indeed, some of the most successful people in history would have been judged as huge failures had they not persisted.  The kids shared that when they try something new, they know it will take a while to get the hang of it but they usually don't consider these first attempts as failures but rather as attempts along the way to mastery.  The kids have a very healthy outlook on learning new things. - Don

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