There is a ‘gradeless’ movement that seeks to distance the idea of failure of learning. Failure is used as both a motivating tool and a behavioral tool in the classroom, which has its own problems, but my objection here is that it’s used as a learning tool. Systems perform when there is accountability to failure, and I suppose there is a kind of learning that occurs when the unanticipated arrives (since we are, after all, only human and the world is always changing), but it’s absurd to make ‘failure’ an integral part of the process of creating mastery in a subject.

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