Why Letting Children Fail Is Critical to Success

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

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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May 8, 2009
Episode Guests
Gina Mollicone Long is an expert on peak performance, and the best-selling author of two books. The Secret of Successful Failing and Think or Sink, an international best-seller in six countries. Liz Willen is the Associate editor of the Hechinger Report at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was formerly a senior writer for Bloomberg Markets magazine focusing on higher education. Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of performance in business, parenting, and sport. Dr. Jim Taylor Author of Articles: “Fear of Failure” and “Raise Excellent Not Perfect Children.”
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