Have you ever done something wrong and wondered why is a mistake a good thing, or a bad thing?
Mistakes allow us to learn
By making a mistake you are allowing your brain to expand: a mistake allows us to learn how to do something right because if we know how to do something wrong we know how to do it right. This is generally the opposite of what we did wrongly.
We remember mistakes
Remember the time you put on a laundry wash and the colours mixed?
Did you learn how to separate colours? Did you learn how to use a new cycle on your washing machine?
Remember the time when you burnt your hand on really warm water?
Do you now wait until the water has flown for a few minutes? Did you learn that it takes time to adjust, literally?
In short, mistakes are a good thing because we can learn from them. Mistakes happen to everyone. No one on this earth does not make mistakes: mistakes happen to every single human being on this wonderful planet.
Mistakes allow us to feel rubbish because we think we have failed, remember the failure post? Mistakes also allow us to learn, appreciate when things go right. Mistakes, for this reason, are a good thing.
In the UK all children must be educated. Most young learners (today) stay on to complete their GCSEs then proceed to study A-Level’s. With the recent reports (including previous posts on this Blog) of the rising costs of tuition fees, it makes one think “will there be as many people going to go to University?”
Of course, the Open University announced plans to rival ‘real’ Universities, they are going to charge slightly lower fees than those on UCAS. In theory, the Open University is “distant learning.” What about other forms of learning, credited courses? Take the example of an online, elearning website. This site offers potential students’ to study business alongside ICT. Has technology gone too far at giving qualifications (in the form of certificates etc) to anyone, anywhere?
Whilst the internet does not have complete control over its content, is learning a subject/area which needs to be looked after? I.e., can we keep control over how good a qualification is, or should elearning be banned completely?