Are our children “failure deprived?” Universities now teaching how to deal with failure.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Last year, during fall orientation at Smith College, and then again recently at final-exam time, students who wandered into the campus hub were faced with an unfamiliar situation: the worst failures of their peers projected onto a large screen.
 
“I failed my first college writing exam,” one student revealed.
 
“I came out to my mom, and she asked, ‘Is this until graduation?’” another said.
 
The faculty, too, contributed stories of screwing up.
 
“I failed out of college,” a popular English professor wrote. “Sophomore year. Flat-out, whole semester of F’s on the transcript, bombed out, washed out, flunked out.”
 
“I drafted a poem entitled ‘Chocolate Caramels,’ ” said a literature and American studies scholar, who noted that it “has been rejected by 21 journals … so far.”
 
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2017-07-03T09:06:18+00:00

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