This comment comes from Brene Brown in her TedTalk,”The Power of Vulnerability“.
“…Let me tell you what we think about children. They’re hardwired for struggle when they get here. And when you hold those perfect little babies in your hand, our job is not to say, ‘Look at her, she’s perfect. My job is just to keep her perfect — make sure she makes the tennis team by fifth grade and Yale by seventh grade.’ That’s not our job. Our job is to look and say, ‘You know what? You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.’ That’s our job. Show me a generation of kids raised like that, and we’ll end the problems I think that we see today.”
How many of us try to take struggles out of education? I’m not talking about struggles like memorizing facts for a test. I’m talking about struggling with problem solving, or struggling to complete a difficult physical act such as writing letters for the first time. It seems that children are wired for struggle AND they enjoy facing challenging questions, feats, and social situations. Instead of shying away from these struggles, or glossing over them, or worse- solving problems for children- maybe we should be looking at them as true learning! What do you think?