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If I were to think about how many times a day I was wrong about something, I would probably be bummed about it. I am wrong about little things (like which line to stand in to check out at the grocery store) and medium-sized things (like wearing heels on a day when I am in several walking meetings). I try really hard not to be wrong about the big stuff, but that happens, too.

The thing about being wrong is that I am upset about it in the moment (I mean, who isn't?) but I try to remind myself to learn the lesson from it so that I don't repeat the mistake. That is just one part of the joy of being wrong.

But a measure of wrongness can show you how much you are still learning. In this interesting article that I caught in one of my feeds and my wonderful husband also noticed and sent me, the authors think about wrongness from a unique perspective: If all you ever got was 100 percent correct on a test, then the result would be that you aren't really being challenged. Getting some questions wrong shows that you are still learning, but of course, you don't want to get all the questions wrong.

Thinking back through my own academic life, I was a mostly A and B student. There were a few classes that I  sailed through - no challenge at all. And there were a few classes that I worked really hard in to maintain good grades: Those are the ones that I remember the most.

While all of this makes sense, it is hard to take in when we think about our own child's academic success. I want my son to learn and grow and be challenged, and I also want him to do his best.

What classes did you take as a student that were too easy? Tell me in the comments.

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Comment by Lauren Markman on January 23, 2019 at 7:17am

Thanks for sharing that, Shantell. You are absolutely right that we sometimes are not going to get everything in life exactly right. Good for you to keep going!

Comment by Shantell on January 23, 2019 at 6:36am


I recently completed my Master's in Adult Education. That was a huge challenge as I was working full time and am a single mother of 2. There was one class I was tempted to drop....again. It was so hard, it seemed impossible to finish.  Up until this class, I had nothing but As and high Bs. I remember I called my academic counselor. She encouraged me to keep going. She informed that I wasn't the only one struggling,  and that I was still passing. I had a strong C, but I wanted an A. ....The fact is my best effort produced a C. It didn't mean I failed. I just didn't meet my personal expectations.  The key is to keep going, even if you don't get it exactly right. 

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