What does the F-word do for learners?

Yes, learners of all ages are afraid of Failure. Where does it come from?

Fear for Failure has been identified as one of the biggest reasons that get people stuck or unwilling to try. Interestingly, fear for failure is very prominent amongst high-performing adults. Earlier, I have always considered the fear for failure a cultural phenomenon as Chinese school culture is very competitive. However it is a universal suffering. Deep in human nature, we master the art of pretending of inner fear for failure but insecurities never disappear. Such fear strongly discourages learning ventures.

Given my background in Psychology, it is natural for me to go back to development age to think about the potential relations between the pervasiveness of Imposter Syndrome and Education of Failure from young?On the one hand, I am interested in learning about the tipping points of how many emerging adults unlearn the fear of failure. On the other hand, I am more interested in learning about how kids learn about and internalize Failure from peers, teachers and parents.

Here are some questions I want to explore regarding teaching Failure:

How might we capture, reserve and celebrate the Failure moments of the kids?

Kids are inherently risk-takers but testing takes a lot of that away as testing is about getting the RIGHT answer. What are those moments where kids uphold the thought like ‘I should have been’, ‘I am not as…’, etc.

How might we know how kids know and learn about Failure? What other ideas do they associate failure with?

Many developmental psychology studies have revealed intuitive comparison between the peers are the first few encounters of failure upheld by kids. The awareness are connected with other ideas like comparison, avoidance of effort and inclination to intelligence.

How might we Re-brand Failure to kids and the adults? How can experiences of failure be celebrated?

Here are some interesting examples how people play around with the idea of failure with growth mindset.

“Scientists fail all the time. We just brand it differently. We call it data.”

“ I want to be the author of the story. And you can’t do that unless you own the story and dig into it.” — — Brene Brown

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