A couple of interesting articles on education have appeared in the past few weeks.
The first from Science Daily indicates that children learn from mistakes only after about the age of 12 years. 8 year olds learn best from positive reinforcement and don’t respond to negative reinforcment while by age 12 this tends to reverse itself.
Learning from mistakes only works after age 12 study suggests – from Science Daily
The second is an article from the Globe and Mail about self-esteem. Basically if you want to build self esteem in your kids, tell them how ordinary they are. A growing body of research suggests that praising kids for their talent and intelligence doesn’t help them achieve success – it sets them up for disappointment.
Want to build your child’s esteem? – from the Globe and Mail, Oct. 28, 2008