I am a big fan of the Freakonomics Podcast. This week, they highlighted the power of failure. In the new educational environment of high stakes testing, the ability to fail has been taken out of the game. This is fundamentally problematic as the greatest way to learn in life is through failure! In fact, many of the most influential people in history attribute their success to learning from failure. This esteemed list includes the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison!
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This week’s podcast tells us that not only should failure not be stigmatized, it should be celebrated!
I always tell my students — fail quickly. The quicker you fail the more chances you have to fail at something else before you eventually maybe find the thing that you don’t fail at. – Levitt
The Library of Congress has posted on iTunes U a series of historic films that includes archival footage of early life in America, Thomas Edison’s film experiments, early animation clips, and more. You can peruse the collection by clicking here.