After reading Esther Wojcicki’s blog entry “Educators Urged to Allow Their Students to Fail” in the Huffington Post, incompetent faculty from every university in the country breathed a sigh of relief.
According to Wojcicki’s post, author Malcolm Gladwell’s keynote speech for the National Education Computing Conference last month included a challenge to educators to allow students the opportunity to learn life lessons from failure.
“I loved the speech,” said Charles Lanzella, professor of information technology from Buckstown College. “After years of poor teaching evaluations and student complaints to my dean about my 6:00 a.m. office hours, I finally feel validated. Students need to quit whining and learn from these excellent failure opportunities.”
“I’m not sure that’s what Gladwell meant,” said Lanzella’s colleague, prize winning teacher Carmella Berton.
“Oh, what do you know?” replied Lanzella.