Why Letting Children Fail Is Critical to Success

Rae Pica with Liz Willen, Dr. Jim Taylor, Gina Mollicone Long

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Teachers measured by their children's performance often see a child's failure as their failure. So do many parents. "Achieve by any means necessary" is the tacit mantra of our educational system and our culture. But our guests argue that failing is important and that succeeding all the time is at cross purposes with lifelong learning. In our race to the top are we giving children what they need for lifelong learning? Our guests say no.

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