26 November, 2007

The Many Errors in Thinking About Mistakes

New York Times:

" On one hand, as children we’re taught that everyone makes mistakes and that the great thinkers and inventors embraced them.
Thomas Edison’s famous quote is often inscribed in schools and children’s museums: “I have not failed. I have just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.”

On the other hand, good grades are usually a reward for doing things right, not making errors. Compliments are given for having the correct answer and, in fact, the wrong one may elicit scorn from classmates. "

1 comment:

Lucy said...

Scorn for the wrong answer?? Compliments for the right one??? When did this journo go to school, the Victorian era? When I was at school you were a SWOT if you answered anything correctly and pummelled within an inch of your life later in the playground... Far better to say "Dunno", that's what the "cool" kids do.