Grades of success and failure | (Steve Wheeler)

Whatever happened to inspiration? Where does all of the excitement of early years education go when children progress to big school?

Schools often demonise failure – students failing exams, children failing tests and failing to attend classes. They wish to cover up failure and emphasis success – especially when the school inspectors pay a visit. And yet failure is often a prelude to good learning. We shouldn’t stigmatise it, but rather see it as a step in the right direction to future success. My two best teachers at school gave me permission to fail and then showed me how to do better next…

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