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Learning how to fail


On Wednesday, 22nd November, the newspaper team had the honour of welcoming and interviewing two distinguished speakers for the annual Birthday Lecture.

The first, Dr Barry Hymer, is a renowned lecturer of education, specialising in growth mindset. He came to talk to us about how to implement it in our education as well as day-to-day life.

Our main question was how he can make growth mindset appealing to teenagers, to which he said students can receive an overload of references from teachers and assemblies. This can sometimes cause students to gain a false growth mindset; when asked, ‘Can you improve?’ the student will answer ‘Yes’. This is because they know the answer to the question, not because they actually believe it, so there is a gap in their actual behaviour, when experiencing criticism or challenge, and their actual answer.

He then finished off the interview by quoting Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right”.

Nicholas McCarthy, a one-handed concert pianist, made an inspiring speech about overcoming adversity, which linked with the talk on growth mindset. Before the lecture, he told us that he had no interest in classical music at all growing up. “My parents are both non-musicians, had normal jobs and never really played an instrument. So, the thought of learning an instrument was quite foreign to me.” He started playing, aged 14, after hearing a good friend play Beethoven in a school assembly. He confessed that he never considered that this might not be a wise choice; he decided there and then, that that’s what he wanted to do. How inspiring!

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 09:48
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