Failure the path to success…

As Paul Tough says in his text, How Children Succeed:

“Character is created by encountering and overcoming failure”.

Do we allow enough time between one high-stakes/ high pressure assessment and the next for failure to be experienced? Do we allow students enough latitude – enough responsibility – to try and, as a result of their own efforts, to fail? Is there enough time after trying and failing to allow the kind of reflective dialogue and analysis to learn from it?

If only the answer were yes – but the very structure of schooling and assessment makes it nigh on impossible to do so.

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