Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I've never been the type of girl who crumbles at a challenge, or murmurs "I dunno" when asked how something is supposed to be done. It's not that I have to be the best at everything, only that I need to give it a try. Failure sucks, but it's not as bad as wishing I had given something a go in the first place. That's why I'm completely baffled when I see young girls who would rather admit defeat from the beginning than give something an honest try. Is it lack of self-confidence? Laziness? Fear of criticism? What's the cause and how can we erase it?
In my classes, I've taken to not always answering my students' questions directly. When I was young, my dad always told me to "look it up." Back then, he meant the encyclopedia or the dictionary (do you know how frustrating it is to have to look-up how to spell a word in the dictionary? You don't know how it's spelled! How are you supposed to look it up??) Now days, I do the equivalent with Google. I wish Webster would have had cross-references like, "Do you mean BOLOGNA?" But I digress.