Show of hands for those of us who occasionally walk into the worship service late? *raises hand* Me, too. I love that Stormie shared with us the power of our praise because we don’t want to miss out on the benefits of tuning our hearts into God to hear His Word, focus on His goodness, be healed and transformed, be aligned with His purposes for our lives, crush criticism, depression, and fear! Right? Let’s get in the praise zone, my friends! Come share your thoughts with us on our blog. We want to hear from you about praise! ~ Laurie McClure,
People of all ages can rise above their problems, but they need to have a reason to do so. Young people generally don't have the maturity to value education in the same way my adult students value it. But fear of failure, whether economic or academic, can motivate both. Flunking as a regular policy has just as much merit today as it did two generations ago. We must review the threat of flunking and see it as it really is--a positive teaching tool. It is an expression of confidence by both teachers and parents that the students have the ability to learn the material presented to them. However, making it work again would take a dedicated, caring conspiracy between teachers and parents. It would mean facing the tough reality that passing kids who haven't learned the material--while it might save them grief for the short term--dooms them to longterm illiteracy. It would mean that teachers would have to follow through on their threats, and parents would have to stand behind them, knowing their children's best interests are indeed at stake. This means no more doing Scott's assignments for him because he might fail. No more passing Jodi because she's such a nice kid.
In reading the article, I agree with Sherry’s point that these students need the fear of failure to succeed. Personally, through high school, I was always passed along as the quiet student who wasn’t too bright, but didn’t cause any chaos in class. I feel cheated, too, just as those students she describes. This fear had never been brought to me all throughout high school, nor during the first year of my college experience. Now, with the fear of not only failure, but losing my loved ones, I have made school a top priority. I have finally put my foot down and set my mind to success with the help of those surrounding me constantly reminding me that, “If you don’t work hard and do as you’re told, you’re going to fail and end up working dead-end jobs all of your life.” The fear of my life not consisting of my family and my hope to save people’s lives due to failure motivates me to continue my education process and excel in everything I do. Although I continue to struggle, I make sure that I have that fear in the back of my mind yelling at me to pull through and strive to succeed. As I read Sherry’s article, I only hope that someday I, too, will come across the kind of instructors that instill this fear into their students minds, so that I can smile and know that it will be a successful experience.