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Author Merryman: Children Must Learn to Fail

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 06:39 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Children too often are praised when they fail in today's world, says Ashley Merryman, author of "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing."

"We need to give kids who are just learning time to screw up and focus on progress," Merryman told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Yelling 'Hey, that was great' when the kid struck out might backfire, because that may actually come off as sarcastic. . . . You embarrass them, and kids aren't being fooled by this false praise."

Youngsters can easily become too invested in constant praise, Merryman says.

"They love it until they struggle, but then they can't succeed and they don't know what to do. So, kids have told researchers they're more likely to cheat than to risk losing," she said.

"In fact, college professors [are] telling me that their students had cheated on an exam because they thought failing would disappoint the teacher."


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