Rhonda Cagle

The Value of Failing Better

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I recently found myself at the fifth annual Education Innovation Summit surrounded by people who are a lot smarter than I am and, frankly, a little intimidating. Jaime Casap, global education evangelist at Google, Inc. was one of those people.

Let’s be honest. Anyone who has the title of global education evangelist printed on his business card is automatically cooler than I am. But I was interested in listening to his presentation so I put aside my feelings of inadequacy and found a seat in his workshop. He made an observation that has stayed with me.

Instead of asking students what they want to do when they enter the workforce, he asks them what problem or issue do they want to solve when they grow up. 

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit about his question and the implications it has in the lives of both children and adults. What if our attempts – and failures – are simply prototypes of what will, one day, allow us to learn a lesson and solve a problem. What if we are brave enough to keep trying and, in the words of writer Anne LaMott, “fail better” with each choice and every step?

You can read more about my observations in my latest column for The Arizona Republic.  http://t.co/F9ajmGsFG3

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