At Sudbury schools, we say let them fail.
This doesn’t mean we have to be harsh about it or put them down for the failure. It just means we have to let them experience failure. We can’t come rescue them at the first sign of trouble. We have to let them see firsthand the natural consequences of their mistakes, and what it’s like to try but not get what you want.
Here’s the thing. They need practice in failure, because they’re going to fail at times in life. They get upset, sure, but they learn how to handle their upset. They renew their efforts, or they learn not to make the same mistakes. Every once in awhile, it even looks like they may fail, but succeed in the end. Why rob them of that?
Let them fail.
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff