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The formula for success: teaching kids to fail better




Jessica Ramirez-Vasquez and Arturo Jr. Cuevas talk about what stresses them out in life and at school.
Jessica Ramirez-Vasquez and Arturo Jr. Cuevas talk about what stresses them out in life and at school.
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The perfect GPA, the shining internships, the endless extracurricular activities are the external markers of success for many students.

But this drive for perfection in school, some educators fear, is taking an unhealthy toll on the lives of many students.

As such, some universities are thinking about a new approach in college education: teaching students the value of failure -- and how to recuperate from it.

Larry talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Melissa Korn, who’s written a piece looking at said efforts by some universities, as well as two education thinkers about the idea.

Guests:

Melissa Korn, reporter at the Wall Street Journal who covers higher education; she tweets @melissakorn

Rabbi Michael Cohen, director of innovation at Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School (YULA); he tweets @TheTechRabbi

Rachel Simmons, leadership development specialist at the Smith College; she tweets @RachelJSimmons



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