Throughout history we have proven that humans learn better when experimenting.This process involves making mistakes, sometimes failing several times until get to succeed. At this way we also develop self-confidence and experience. In fact, we learn more when we fail. A great example comes from the famous scientist Tomas Alva Edison tried one experiment several times, before creating the light bomb, yet he mentioned "I haven't failed; I've found 10,000 ways that don't work". During those thousands of times experimenting, he investigated more and developed more skills, until he finally succeeded. It is interesting to notice that if we research the about the history of every important human invention such as cars, airplanes, computers they all followed the same pattern, their creators failed at the beginning but after making the corrections they all succeeded.
Our mistakes actually help us realize the way we should follow to succeed. However, nowadays, some people try to avoid going through this process. They want to pretend to be perfect; they expect to succeed without the" painful" part of failing. When watching the video of" Goodwin on the freedom to fail" I related this issue directly to my life. As a current engineering student, I have seen my classmates under the pressure of their parents or tutors expecting then to be perfect. Some of them have no option or the right to fail; if they do they could suffer harsh punishments. Under such conditions, it seems that for them the easiest way to solve the issue is to cheat. They can get and "A" on every test or homework, but if you ask them they don't understand the subject. They choose to cheat because they feel scare of being humiliated or to be pushed down by their superiors.
One of my friends got into university with very good grades and scores. One day he was worry because he got a "c" on a test and that his parents were constantly checking on his grades and emailing his teachers, expecting him to get "A" on every test. My friend had a disadvantage, he had never taken this class before, he didn't have the basic knowledge. Yet he performed well on the homework and on previous quizzes. However, getting a "c" was considered a huge failure for his parents, who didn't seem to appreciate the effort that he was doing. And my friend was traumatized and scared.
From the previous example we notice than when the freedom to fail of the students is threaten, they are able to find a temporal solution that later on will create a worst problem. Many of them will graduate as engineers but they will not be able to create or develop any original ideas. Because in the past they were cheating copying the answers and the projects from someone else, they never developed their own experience or ideas, and as professionals they will perform poorly. At the end this issue will not only affect individuals but also the entire society.
However, not only students, face the threats of their freedom to fail. There are also other figures in our society such as workers or employees that also deal with this issue. And the threats mostly come from different superior authorities such as the parents, the company owners, managers, chiefs, governments etc.
With some exceptions, as humans we cannot expect perfection in every project or field we work on. In fact, when we learn to accept our failures, we will not only open and opportunity to improve, use creativity and intelligence, but this will also ensure us the development of a better society, or even a better world.
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"Goodwin on the freedom to fail" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJLCbv5K0WU.
"the new threats in the freedom to fail" http://newthreatstofreedom.com/contests/