I know most of you have heard, read or seen that speech but I have just been captured by these words somewhere in the middle of J.K’s amazing speech:
“…Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you failed by default…”
Further on she mentioned that failing gave her the inner security that she would never have attained by passing exams.
I have found this a refreshing aspect in view of our system that rewards success and punishes failure – not realizing the effect of it on the confidence and resilience of our students.