In both Eastern and Western cultures today the pressure to succeed is being felt most acutely by teenagers. The drive to live up to the expectations of parents, teachers and a socially connected world causes teenagers today to suffer from unprecedented levels of depression and anxiety disorders - most especially in affluent, well-educated families with children attending schools focused on high academic achievement.
In order to strengthen and preserve their mental health and achieve their goals, teenagers more than ever before, need to learn how to be resilient – how to overcome adversity, how to learn from their mistakes and how to fail well.
The concept of failing well was first applied in an educational or psychological context by Lance King in 2007 and since then he has spread the idea to more than 200,000 students, teachers and parents in 33 countries. Failing well, in many different languages, has become standard terminology in many of the best schools in the world and is helping students in those schools to achieve top academic results, preserve mental health and develop resilience.
In this insightful and provocative book, Lance King, global educator and father of four, gives parents practical ideas for helping children to develop resilience and succeed at school - combining mental health with academic success.
About the Author
Lance King is an internationally recognized author, teacher and workshop facilitator who, in the last 22 years, has worked with over 200,000 students worldwide as well as many thousands of their teachers and parents. He is the creator of The Art of Learning programme taught in over 250 schools in 33 countries and is a specialist in the direct teaching of ‘21st Century skills’. Within the International Baccalaureate Organisation he designed and developed the Approaches to Learning (ATL) framework for both the MYP and DP programmes which is currently being implemented in 4000 IB schools in 150 countries. He is a sought-after presenter for his workshops for teachers, students and parents and is also the author of six books on teaching and learning 21st C skills, two of which are now translated into both Chinese and French. Lance is married with four grown-up children, lives in Raglan, New Zealand and divides his time between delivering workshops around the world and writing.