We must teach children to fail, says Prince Andrew
Royal says failure is a vital life lesson
Children should be taught to fail, says Prince Andrew. The Queen’s second son, who has suffered several setbacks in life, argues that it is a vital lesson for life.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Prince Andrew says the thing he “learnt most” during his childhood years at the Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun, was that “failure was not something to be afraid of or something to feel guilty about, because so much of life is about understanding failure and the lessons to be learnt from failure”.
The prince says he wants pupils to be given tasks at school at which they are set up to fail. “Failure allows you to succeed in the future because we are an experience-based learning organism. All animals are,” he says. “Give someone the experience and they will learn.”
He says the “desire for everyone to succeed” is “entirely right and proper”. However, he adds: “There must be a learning process to success and part of that must be being challenged in some way so that the logical outcome will be failure, so that you can learn from that failure.”
Tomorrow at Buckingham Palace, the prince will announce a scheme to encourage up to a million children to acquire the online skills to set up businesses. The scheme, which is modeled on his father’s Duke of Edinburgh awards, will offer badges for entrepreneurial and digital skills and award prizes of up to £20,000.