In a recent experiment, students who learned about the struggles and failed experiments of some of the greatest scientists who ever lived got significantly better grades than those who learned only of their accomplishments.
Showing students that the likes of Einstein and Marie Curie had their own personal and intellectual shortcomings – and that yep, science is actually really hard – was enough to elevate them academically, researchers from Columbia University have found.
“In our culture we always say you don’t want to intimidate kids, you don’t want to tell them how hard the work is. We think kids are so fragile,” lead researcher Xiaodong Lin-Siegler told Jenny Anderson at Quartz, adding that this is the exact opposite approach we should be taking. “Tell them the truth. They are resilient.“
Charles Darwin has honestly been the most relateable for me:
“…I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything….I am going to write a little book for Murray on Orchids and today I hate them worse than everything.” -personal correspondence , 1861