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Learning and Parenting

As a parent, I’m often insecure about decisions I make on behalf of my children. This article is a marginally depressing read about the dangers of over parenting and its future impact on learning and development: “Messing up, however, even in the playground, is wildly out of style. Although error and experimentation are the true mothers of success, parents are taking pains to remove failure from the equation.” The biggest lessons I’ve learned in life have come through difficulties and struggles (not through sitting and thinking). A willingness to experiment is so important to growth and development.

I’m partially confused, however, by the strong grade-performance emphasis. Is that the goal of learning (get a good grades, good school, good job)? High grades, at least based on students I went to school with, is not always an indicator of success. For that matter, what is success? Earning a large salary? Contentment? Peace? Ability to live life on life’s terms? I’m not sure what it is…but some of the mindsets that this article reveals about parenting and education are unsettling…

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  1. Learning and Parenting

    As a parent, I’m often insecure about decisions I make on behalf of my children. This article is a marginally depressing read about the dangers of over parenting and its future impact on learning and development: “Messing up, however, even…

    Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 3:00 pm | Permalink