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SPEAKING OUT

Let Them Fail
Teaching students to accept adversity and persevere prepares them for life
By Dezoray Moore

F

ailure is productive. Failure is
healthy. It is OK to fail, and students need to experience a healthy
dose of failure in order to succeed.
Many of our world leaders, most
creative minds, and superstar athletes have failed in life at one time or
another-and most of them failed big.
But they learned from their failures,
made the necessary changes, and continued on their paths to great success.
It's only natural to want students
to be happy and flourish in everything that they do. Failure is no
bed of roses for a student, nor is
it pleasant for parents, teachers,
and administrators. But adults

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must understand that it is counterintuitive to protect students from
failure. Students must be allowed
to experience failure and use their
problem-solving skills to help them
navigate through it to achieve a
more favorable outcome.
Help Students Fail

Educators and parents alike must
be committed to helping students
learn to fail, knowing that failing
does not mean that the student is
a failure. Adults must let students
fail and support them throughout
the process. And failure is a process-it evolves. Failure doesn't

always have to be final, however. It
can be transformative.
Students will find it helpful to know
how to redirect their outcomes in
a more positive direction. But they
should also know when to accept failure, learn from it, and move on. All
students need to have a clear understanding that failure is natural and
learn how to handle it in a positive,
appropriate, and acceptable fashion.
Children are resilient, and letting them fail builds character, lifts
self-esteem, and allows them to
accept defeat. We revel in children's
accomplishments, achievements,
and awards. We give them shoutouts,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal - September/October 2019

From the Editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Getting to Why
A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
Models of Voice and Choice
When Rural Gets Personal
Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
New Sensation
The Language of Learning
Giving Back, Together
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Early Career
Raising the Bar
The Reflective Principal
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
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Principal - September/October 2019 - From the Editor
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Snapshots
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Principal - September/October 2019 - 5 Things
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Getting to Why
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Principal - September/October 2019 - A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Models of Voice and Choice
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Principal - September/October 2019 - When Rural Gets Personal
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
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Principal - September/October 2019 - New Sensation
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Principal - September/October 2019 - The Language of Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - In the Spotlight
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Early Career
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Raising the Bar
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Principal - September/October 2019 - The Reflective Principal
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