This article discusses the importance of teaching resilience, tenacity and grit to students in order for them to succeed in life. A 2013 U.S. Department of Education Report, Promoting Grit, tenacity, and perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in 21st century says “grit means the perseverance to accomplish long-term or higher-order goals in the face of challenges and setbacks, engaging the student’s psychological resources, such as academic, mindsets, effortful control, and strategies and tactics.” (pg. 7) These are important skills that a principal should discuss with teachers and students.
Children need to experience difficulties in order to learn about grit. They need to realize that failures are going to happen in life. Children need to be taught how to get over these failures in order to be successful. They must understand that when they experience failure they have to make a decision. They can quit or continue to practice until something changes. Good failures help us to learn and become stronger in the long run. It causes us to look inwardly at the situation instead of looking for outward rewards. What are your good failures and how did you learn from them?