Why Parents Need to Let Their Children FailJessica Laheybyline‚ Jan. 30‚ 2013
A new study explores what happens to students who aren't allowed to suffer through setbacks.
Thirteen years ago, when I was a relatively new teacher, stumbling around my classroom on wobbly legs, I had to call a students' mother to inform her that I would be initiating disciplinary proceedings against her daughter for plagiarism, and that furthermore, her daughter would receive a zero for the plagiarized paper.
"You can't do that. She didn't do anything wrong," the mother informed me, enraged. "But she did. I was able to find entire paragraphs lifted off of web sites," I stammered. "No, I mean she didn't do it. I did. I wrote her paper."