Failure good for children says duke

South Wales Argus: The Duke of York said he had learned during his time at school not to be afraid of failure The Duke of York said he had learned during his time at school not to be afraid of failure

Children should be taught to fail as a "life lesson", the Duke of York said.

The Queen's second son told The Sunday Times that failure was good for children, and said that he had learned during his time at school not to be afraid of it.

Andrew was speaking ahead of the launch tomorrow of a new scheme to encourage children to learn digital skills and set up online businesses.

He told the newspaper the thing he had learned most during his time at Gordonstoun school in Scotland was that "failure was not something to be afraid of or to feel guilty about - because so much of life is understanding about failure and the lessons to be learnt from failure".

He called for youngsters to be given tasks at school at which they were set up to fail - which he experienced himself as a pupil when given the job of negotiating a rowing boat out of a harbour without crashing it.

The duke said: "Failure allows you to succeed in the future because we are an experience-based learning organism. All animals are. Give someone the experience and they will learn."

He added: "There is a desire for everyone to succeed, which is entirely right and proper, but there must be a learning process to success and part of that must be being challenged in some way so that the logical outcome will be failure, so that you can learn from that failure."

Andrew's new education scheme is modelled on his father's Duke of Edinburgh awards, The Sunday Times said, and will offer prizes of up to £20,000 for the best ideas for new digital companies.

He has drafted in A-list celebrities to help, including American pop star Will.i.am, and hopes that the scheme, which will award badges in recognition of the entrepreneurial skills the youngsters attain, will reach up to a million children.

It will be announced at Buckingham Palace tomorrow.

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11:55am Mon 31 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

I suppose coming from his background he has had a great deal of disappointments and setbacks.


being a small time loser in school has nothing on being a loser because of family, social and or employment disappointments and disasters.

Maybe if he shoved much of his unearned wealth back to those that helped pay for his privileged life and he got down to living in a two up yeo down on some grubby street in one of the many slum districts in our nation fort a couple of years at least,, he may then have due cause to return to his own life and pontificate and setting about telling others how to get over their failings and how to succeed.

There is a vast difference between being a 'failure' in school and being a failure in the real world to which we all have to adjust once school days are over. But again when most of those he went to school with are looked at, I doubt we would see the sorts of failures we would see amongst those faced with REAL hardship, be it parental social or environmental as they proceed through your average state school system.

Many of which, despite failing at almost everything put before them in school have gone on to make their mark in the world, often becoming as rich as Croesus and successful regardless of their failures in earlier times.
I suppose coming from his background he has had a great deal of disappointments and setbacks. being a small time loser in school has nothing on being a loser because of family, social and or employment disappointments and disasters. Maybe if he shoved much of his unearned wealth back to those that helped pay for his privileged life and he got down to living in a two up yeo down on some grubby street in one of the many slum districts in our nation fort a couple of years at least,, he may then have due cause to return to his own life and pontificate and setting about telling others how to get over their failings and how to succeed. There is a vast difference between being a 'failure' in school and being a failure in the real world to which we all have to adjust once school days are over. But again when most of those he went to school with are looked at, I doubt we would see the sorts of failures we would see amongst those faced with REAL hardship, be it parental social or environmental as they proceed through your average state school system. Many of which, despite failing at almost everything put before them in school have gone on to make their mark in the world, often becoming as rich as Croesus and successful regardless of their failures in earlier times. varteg1
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3:30pm Mon 31 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

varteg1 wrote:
I suppose coming from his background he has had a great deal of disappointments and setbacks.


being a small time loser in school has nothing on being a loser because of family, social and or employment disappointments and disasters.

Maybe if he shoved much of his unearned wealth back to those that helped pay for his privileged life and he got down to living in a two up yeo down on some grubby street in one of the many slum districts in our nation fort a couple of years at least,, he may then have due cause to return to his own life and pontificate and setting about telling others how to get over their failings and how to succeed.

There is a vast difference between being a 'failure' in school and being a failure in the real world to which we all have to adjust once school days are over. But again when most of those he went to school with are looked at, I doubt we would see the sorts of failures we would see amongst those faced with REAL hardship, be it parental social or environmental as they proceed through your average state school system.

Many of which, despite failing at almost everything put before them in school have gone on to make their mark in the world, often becoming as rich as Croesus and successful regardless of their failures in earlier times.
It's obvious one of those failures, maybe three, see my comments as unworthy, so be it, but these trolls have nothing to say, no wonder they are failures big time.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: I suppose coming from his background he has had a great deal of disappointments and setbacks. being a small time loser in school has nothing on being a loser because of family, social and or employment disappointments and disasters. Maybe if he shoved much of his unearned wealth back to those that helped pay for his privileged life and he got down to living in a two up yeo down on some grubby street in one of the many slum districts in our nation fort a couple of years at least,, he may then have due cause to return to his own life and pontificate and setting about telling others how to get over their failings and how to succeed. There is a vast difference between being a 'failure' in school and being a failure in the real world to which we all have to adjust once school days are over. But again when most of those he went to school with are looked at, I doubt we would see the sorts of failures we would see amongst those faced with REAL hardship, be it parental social or environmental as they proceed through your average state school system. Many of which, despite failing at almost everything put before them in school have gone on to make their mark in the world, often becoming as rich as Croesus and successful regardless of their failures in earlier times.[/p][/quote]It's obvious one of those failures, maybe three, see my comments as unworthy, so be it, but these trolls have nothing to say, no wonder they are failures big time. varteg1
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