In our Montessori classroom, we have normalized “failure.” Not getting something the first time just means that you need another lesson, or you need to be presented with the material in a slightly different way. Problems are just something to be solved. And mistakes? Well, everybody makes mistakes. No biggie. Having a problem-solving mindset – some call it a growth mindset – towards setbacks teaches children that they have control over their lives and that they are capable of learning and overcoming problems. It teaches resilience. The following article, which is an opinion piece by a grad student in biology, discusses the value of resilience in students of science, but I believe that resilience is a necessary trait for all successful people.

One reason young people don’t go into science? We don’t fail well