Do kids really learn from failure? Why conventional wisdom may be wrong

How many times have you heard that children need to experience failure sometimes because they learn from it? Asks the Washington Post. Well, maybe not. Here’s a different view from Alfie Kohn, the author of 12 books about education and human behavior, explains why this has become a problem when it comes to school reform. His books include “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” “The Homework Myth,” and “Feel-Bad Education… And Other Contrarian Essays on Children & Schooling.” He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at

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