Do Students Need to Fail to be Successful?


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What if the secret to acquiring ‘character’ is failure?
School administrators wrestle with how to teach character

‘For the headmaster of an intensely competitive school, Randolph, who is 49, is surprisingly skeptical about many of the basic elements of a contemporary high-stakes American education. He did away with Advanced Placement classes in the high school soon after he arrived at Riverdale; he encourages his teachers to limit the homework they assign; and he says that the standardized tests that Riverdale and other private schools require for admission to kindergarten and to middle school are “a patently unfair system” because they evaluate students almost entirely by I.Q.

“This push on tests,” he told me, “is missing out on some serious parts of what it means to be a successful human.”…’
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/magazine/what-if-the-secret-to-success-is-failure.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

 

The Latest Nielsen ‘Social Media Report’

Interesting key points:

1. Social networks and blogs continue to dominate Americans time online and now account for nearly a quarter of total time spent on the internet
2. Nearly 4 in 5 active internet users visit social networks and blogs
3. 41% of blogger users have a household income of over $75k
4. Close to 40% of social media users access social media content from their social media phone
5. 25% of WordPress visitors have a bachelor’s degree
6. 53% of active adult social network users follow a brand
7. 32% of active adult social network users follows a celebrity
http://blog.fuelmyblog.co.uk/2011/09/nearly-4-in-5-active-internet-users-visit-social-networks-and-blogs/

 

Windows 8 Developer Preview Hands-on

‘Microsoft is definitely blurring the line between mobile and desktop operating systems with Windows 8, which combines an attractive Windows Phone-like interface that’s optimized for touch with the versatility of traditional computing (when you want it). You’ll also enjoy much faster boot times and be able to purchase apps from the new Windows Store.
‘Developers will be able to download the developer preview this week, but we got an in-depth look at the OS and wanted to share our impressions…’
Choose Your Input Weapon: Touchscreen, Mouse, or Pen
http://blog.laptopmag.com/windows-8-developer-preview-hands-on-inside-all-the-new-features

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8 Responses to Do Students Need to Fail to be Successful?

  1. ramanan50 says:

    The present Educational System places stress only on scoring marks in a chosen subject, which generally is thrust upon the students.

    This process begins at an early age when the child is not capable of making choices.

    Parents, bowing to their peer pressure,places the child in a stream which they think will be good for it-mostly economic success of the child.

    The least the parents could do,in Indian circumstances and Indian educational System,is to allow the child to choose a course of its liking when they reach Standard 10 or equivalent thereof .

    Then the child can pursue what it wants, though some times its choice might prove to be erroneous.

    The next step to spoil the individual is the system of Education which takes into account only the economic prosperity , that is earning money as the goal of Life.

    One who comes through the system finds himself at the cross roads in Life in his thirties, assailed by self-doubt as to what he has been doing is worth the while.

    This , I have seen is one of the critical factors of Depression and Stress.

    Economic prosperity is conditioned and determined by the Society and it can not be avoided.

    A balance can be struck

    One is to be trained to understand that what excites him/her most normally does not bring in money and one should organize things in such a way as to pursue the system to ensure trouble free economic stability-none can pursue what they want with a clean mind with out this-and do what one wants to do in Life.

    This is not easy but can be done with determination and patience.

    When you are int he present system of Education you can not escape the Percentages, Ranks .

    When the supply of Manpower is more than the Jobs available, this filtering can not be avoided.

    What one should know is that scoring marks and ranks alone is not the ‘be and end all’ of Life and take this issue as a challenge and win.

    When we talk of Winning, it is also a fact that all of us can not be winners in all we do.

    We should know what our limitations are and proceed with the Business of Life.

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    • pochp says:

      What a wise feedback Ramanan and I agree. I know many people who didn’t finish college or didn’t get impressive grades yet are successful. Most parents also fail to allow their children the ‘gap year’ before college so that the students can decisively decide what course they would really want to pursue.

      I wish success to Indian education system and hope to hear more of your intelligent comments sir.

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  2. souldipper says:

    Randolph has it! He must be heard! Too many kids are bored to death at school. May the world listen.

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  3. pochp says:

    David Spira :

    Or that he has put some thought into his profession instead of just doing what everyone else seems to think is right.

    Right D. That would be more like it.

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  4. David Spira says:

    Randolph is my kind of educator.

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