September 14, 2011
What if the Secret to Success is Failure?
“This is a problem, of course, for all parents, not just affluent ones. It is a central paradox of contemporary parenting, in fact: we have an acute, almost biological impulse to provide for our children, to give them everything they want and need, to protect them from dangers and discomforts both large and small. And yet we all know — on some level, at least — that what kids need more than anything is a little hardship: some challenge, some deprivation that they can overcome, even if just to prove to themselves that they can.”
In this New York Times article, author Paul Tough discusses the importance of virtues like grit, curiosity, and perseverance for success inside and outside the classroom.