Monday, October 17, 2011

"usually have to fail to fail is human. To resurrect oneself is an act of courage" Esp teaching online!

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- Quote in title of this posting and additional excerpts below are from  "How we succeed by failing," Kathleen Parker, Washington Post, October 14, 2011, writing in response to eulogies of Steve Jobs and his recognition of the importance of his own failures in "a now-famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford." [video version 15 mins; text transcript].

How could colleges and universities be more hospitable to failure?  Especially under current conditions of increasing workload and tenure/promotion pressures?  Especially when many faculty members are feeling pressed to make a transition from mostly face-to-face courses toward mostly online courses?
"If we agree that wisdom, confidence and a better Apple are gifts of failure, then why are we so afraid to allow our children to experience it? In a culture where failure is not well-enough understood as necessary to growth — and accomplishment is diminished by a code of equal outcomes that enshrines entitlement — then no one gets wiser or better. And a nation populated by such people may not survive."

In another famous commencement address, J.K. Rowling's to Harvard in 2008, [video version 21 mins; text transcript; charming photo of "broom-brigade" organized by Harvard alum during Rowling's speech] the "Harry Potter" author eulogized her own valuable failures. "Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations," she said. "Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way."

Finally, from a different source:
“Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.”
― Kobi Yamada  [I can find many slight variations of this alleged quotation, but no citation.  Anyone know the original source? - Steve Gilbert 20111017]

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