Monday, January 15, 2018

Follow your natural curiosity and see what you learn.

This cat is inspired by an excerpt from Jessica Lahey's book, The Gift of Failure, which appeared here in the Atlantic: When Success Leads to Failure. Below is the opening of the article; check out the article online to read more:
“Marianna’s grades are fine; I’m not worried about that, but she just doesn’t seem to love learning anymore.” Above all else, we taught her to fear failure. That fear is what has destroyed her love of learning. [...] The truth—for this parent and so many others—is this: Her child has sacrificed her natural curiosity and love of learning at the altar of achievement, and it’s our fault. Marianna’s parents, her teachers, society at large—we are all implicated in this crime against learning. From her first day of school, we pointed her toward that altar and trained her to measure her progress by means of points, scores, and awards. [...] We taught her to protect her academic and extracurricular perfection at all costs and that it’s better to quit when things get challenging rather than risk marring that perfect record. Above all else, we taught her to fear failure. That fear is what has destroyed her love of learning.
Follow your natural curiosity, 
and see what you learn.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Allow your inner child to thrive.

Don't stop asking questions. There are never stupid questions. Allow your inner child to thrive. - Chade-Meng Tan




I was inspired by this graphic that I found at Twitter: