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Kids Do Dumb Stuff

The Hidden Treasure of Accidental Learning

Camping Magazine (January/February 2013)

We learn more from mistakes than from successes, but our culture condemns failure. To resolve this paradox, youth leaders must be patient with kids’ impulsivity, idealism, and risk-taking. Embrace trial-and-error learning as normal exploration that teaches powerful life lessons. Seeing the humor and the hubris in all the dumb stuff you did as a youth will instantly make you a better teacher.

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Keywords: dumb, stuff, learning, failure, mistake, accident, teach