I found this segment on NPR to be very interesting. It’s about learning cultures east (China, Japan) versus west (U.S.), but it might be helpful as we think about “stress” and “challenge” with our current college students. Struggle can be *good* and I’m concerned about some of our college events that seem to indicate that if things are hard, or challenging, that it indicates that something is wrong. Some of the most important things I’ve ever learned were things that were hard to do – and when I struggled. Like learning the subjunctive in French. Or passing my ancient Greek language course. Or figuring out problems in my oil paintings when I had gotten stuck in a rut.
Struggle – and challenge – is not to be avoided. It sometimes brings about the deepest learning.
How can we teach our students that challenge and struggle can be good?