We need to teach students real failure, not platitudes like #FailBetter: Dettmar

May 23, 2019

Echoing the popular sentiment that failure is an essential part of learning, Kevin Dettmar stops short of endorsing the Silicon Valley version of “fail better” that simply describes failure as success in disguise; instead learning is sometimes attributable to failure. Nevertheless, the author adds, initiatives such as grade-free freshman years, pass/fail courses, and “off the record” seminar discussions that take place outside the hearing of those who will later evaluate students’ work can help institutions create a space in which students can experience true failure and have the opportunity to survive it and learn from it. Inside Higher Ed (International)