Failure teaches real-world lessons in STEM education

11/25/2012 | U.S. News & World Report

Students and educators in science, technology, engineering and math too often shy away from situations or challenges in which they stand a good chance of failing, writes Elizabeth Gerber, the Breed junior chair of design in the McCormick School of Engineering and School of Communication at Northwestern University. Gerber calls for more risk-taking, so students learn how to handle failure and develop perseverance. "As STEM professors, let's get back into the game and learn to fall again. Let's start class with stories of the epic failures that led to great successes in our field," she writes.

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