Something from France to think about which reminds me of Einstein’s observation that we have to fail forward if we are to learn. In our society failure is too often associated with weakness and poor character but it does not have to be that way.
The SMH reports that this week in Paris, a group of educators and academics is hosting a ‘festival of errors’. The festival is an attempt to counter a national educational culture that is ‘results driven’ by encouraging students to make mistakes.
The organising group believe the current model of schooling is leaving children bereft of creativity, ideas and the ability to think critically. Teachers who are eschewing the model are encouraging children to explore, take risks and persist in solving problems.
Part of the challenge we face as educators is finding flexibility within the constraints of a national curriculum and its focus on content and requirements. In other words, making the connection from A to B as direct as possible.
It is the antithesis of what we know about today’s learners and only scratches the surface of developing an organic model of schooling that promotes flexibility, creativity and human error.
Where would the world be if Pasteur, Einstein and Fleming didn’t get it wrong. It took Eddison over 750 attempts to develop a light globe that could burn for long periods of time, aren’t we luck he didn’t give up at the 749th failed attempt!