Error recovery vs failure avoidance

I just love this clip from Randy Nelson – formerly from Pixar.  He explains how Pixar finds graduates who have depth, breadth, communication and a collaborative nature.

As educators I think there is a lot we can learn from his view about error recovery.  Nelson mentions that if we need graduates who will be innovators, we need to focus on their ability to recover from error rather than avoid failure – interesting to think about in our current system – are we nurturing students who can think of errors as learning opportunities?   He mentions that the proof of the portfolio is better than the promise of a resume – are we getting closer to seeing that development through the availability of technology?

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