Not Backing Down

by rsalo1 on November 17, 2014 - 11:53pm

    In today’s world children fail and just give up. They don’t have someone to encourage them or have someone say it’s going to be okay, you just got to keep trying and you’ll succeed. For example if a children fails a test but they studied really hard for it, they’re going to give up because they saw their best didn’t work, so they think why bother trying anymore. That’s why you see a high rate of kids dropping out of high school and college because no one gives them the support to keep trying when things get rough. Kid will gain a fixed mindset which means they wouldn’t have the effort to keep trying or do anything.

    People in this world are working to change these kids fixed mindsets for example at Eleanor palmer primary school, the teachers are taught to the children to see the mistakes and see failure as a positive. They don't have stars for behavior or charts on the wall listing times table results in rank order. Children strive to improve their personal best in times table tests rather than seeing coming top as the goal. In this school teachers are taught to encourage the kids when they fail by saying things such as “good job, you worked very hard”, this makes it more enjoyable to learn for kids. They believe that not everyone is Einstein but everyone could get smarter if they work at it. After a bad game in baseball after I strike out a couple of times I just want to quit but someone like my dad will say” Don’t worry Ross, you’ll be fine just keep trying.” Hearing something like that makes me feel good knowing someone has my back and I’ll keep trying.  I agree with this philosophy if you’re positive no matter what happens to anyone kid or adult they will be positive to keep trying, if you are negative then they will give up and stop trying.





I agree with that teaching method because I was in the same position when I was in elementary school. In grade 5, my teacher used to reward everyone who answered a question even if it was wrong. He did this because it meant you were trying your best to answer even if it wasn't the right answer. every student who would raise their hand to reply to his question would get a candy. This method helped because it didn't put anyone down for having the wrong answer. It encouraged students to keep trying and not give up because everyone has the potential in life for greatness.

Very interesting topic. Perseverance, or rather lack of, is the source of many of our daily problems - yet we don't talk about it all that much. So, I congratulate you for tackling this problem and for doing so well. As a young adult, I too have succumbed to laziness due to a lack of perseverance. I too, have given up in instances where my desired outcome could have been attained with just a little bit more effort. Hence, it was refreshing to read your article and learn how one can better cope with the tendency of lacking perseverance. Furthermore, kudos for adequately synthesized the mentality employed by the Eleanor Palmer Primary School.
You could have, however, pushed things one step further by mentioning the psychological and physiological effects that can be gained through regular perseverance. For example, in psychology class I learned that perseverance, showcased regularly, created “psychological hardiness” which allows for better resistance when confronted to negative or even traumatic events. Furthermore, perseverance can, in turn, lead to reduced stress (as one will develop the ability to view a difficult task as more of goal or challenge than a hassle) and ultimately contributes to one’s happiness. Shortly expanding on these areas could have made your article slightly more interestingly –albeit, than it already is. Good job!
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