“Falling is not a problem; getting up again and again is”
Failure is not a bad option. These remarkable words stand at the top of an article by Belinda Luscombe (Time magazine, September 12, 2012) accompanied by an even more remarkable statement: ‘Resilience helps kids more than high SATs do.’
Many of my high school students, quite a few special education ones in the bunch, have failed in the area of tenacity and willpower to succeed no matter what the odds are against them. They belong to a nationwide tendency by the new generation to feel entitled to success, even when they haven’t worked hard enough to deserve it. Is our welfare system to blame, as some right wingers claim? Or do they perceive that social mobility is no longer as accessible as it was for prior generations of Americans?