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Teaching Children the Upside of Failure: A Role for Grandparents

Winston Churchill advanced the wisdom that success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Einstein said that sometimes he worked on the same problem for weeks and years and 90% of the time his conclusions were wrong. Gandhi tells us that freedom is not worth having unless it includes the freedom to be wrong. This course was created to help fill the gap in modern education’s failure to teach children the importance of failure. More specifically, it was created to help grandparents more effectively teach grandchildren healthy attitudes toward failure. Trapped with a mindset that suggests failing renders one less worthwhile and less lovable, too many children today are shoved toward unhappiness, depression and even suicide. Reversing this way of thinking and finding the positive side of how we learn from our mistakes is one of the most important things that we can learn at any age. Conveying the wisdom of Henry Ford – a mistake is just a way of starting over more intelligently – is center stage for this course, and grandparents can have leading roles.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. John Burt is a retired University of Maryland professor and dean of public health. He is the author of three textbooks and twenty-five research papers. He holds degrees from Duke University, University of North Carolina, and the University of Oregon. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of North Carolina and the Scholar of the Year Award of the National Association for the Advancement of Health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Burt has taught at the University of Toledo, Temple University, and the University of Maryland.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A31 John Burt Aug 21, 22, 23 Mo 10:00 a.m.-Noon OLLI Conference Room WL

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