Title of course: “Failure, and How We Can Learn from It” What prompted the idea for the course? When I was a high school teacher, I found plenty of joy and fulfillment in my work. But I also felt the sting of failure: from a student who remained disengaged throughout the semester, or even just […] … learn more→
Tag Archives: Failure
This course takes a broad look at failure – and what we can all learn when it occurs
Philosophy: three keys to learning to overcome failure
With the first verdicts from the Parcoursup post-baccalaureate orientation site , the period for competition and exam results begins. Many young people will see their wishes come true. But many others will be disappointed. The impossibility of integrating the school for which they were preparing, or the course which seemed ideal to them to carry out their personal projects represents […] … learn more→
Failing a subject isn’t just the student’s fault. Universities can and should help
As Australian students start university, failure is probably the last thing they want to think about. But university failure is depressingly common. Our study in a large Australian university found up to 52% of students in education, civil engineering, nursing and commerce failed at least one unit during their degree. Failure is painful and costly for students, […] … learn more→
State University deliberately failing students?
Time and again I’ve covered state universities where faculty were mandated to pass students in their class, regardless of student performance. Mostly these mandates are for lower level courses—nonexistent entrance requirements let hordes of kids who have no business on campus (not making judgements here!) have little choice but to take only entry-level courses. Failing […] … learn more→
70% of Community College students fail
It seems whenever I consider the “big picture” of higher education, community college comes out as the worst, most corrupt aspect of it. Yes, for-profit schools are more corrupt on a per-student basis, but somehow I find it more forgivable, as a school billed as “for-profit” makes no claim about being “for-education.” Community colleges, however, […] … learn more→
Have a child failing in college?
It\’s that time of year when parents at long last, get to see the report card of their children, after their first semester in college. And they see a bunch of F marks. It\’s no great dishonor to fail college, many, many institutions of higher education have graduation rates of below 10%. It\’s no great […] … learn more→
How failure in the classroom is more instructive than success
\”I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.\” —Thomas Edison There’s no shortage of inspirational quotes on failure, but have you ever noticed that they never come from an anonymous source? A good failure quote has staying power only if someone with grand achievements says it. Americans love a nice, meaty […] … learn more→