March 07, 2010

James Cameron on learning & education management (maybe): Failure is an option, fear is not

From the man who suggested making the film Titanic just so he could dive two and a half miles under the sea, and who invented the technology needed to make his sci-fi dreams come true in Avatar: James Cameron learnt through his expeditions to the bottom of the world that

Failure is an option, but fear is not

What I see with increasing regularity is that education leaders are gripped by the notion that failure is not an option (à la Nasa) and that fear will prevent that happening. Meanwhile, on the ground we see teachers prepared to take measured risk, putting their previous fears to one side, and accept, as they ask their students to do in learning, that there will be some degree of failure before we get to where we want to be.

I'm quite clear on who I think needs to change their game.


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