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'We need to teach our children how to fail'- Angelle A. Cameron

-says it is ok to not get everything & that failure is expected in some instances
Former Mrs BVI, Angelle A. Cameron said that as part of preparing Virgin Island youths for the future, it is important to teach them how to fail and the importance of failure as part of the learning and growing process. Photo: Facebook
According to Mrs Cameron, in the last five years, however, youths are starting to take the lead across industries in areas of ingenuity, business & innovation. Photo: VINO/FIle
According to Mrs Cameron, in the last five years, however, youths are starting to take the lead across industries in areas of ingenuity, business & innovation. Photo: VINO/FIle
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Former Mrs BVI, Angelle A. Cameron said that as part of preparing Virgin Island youths for the future, it is important to teach them how to fail and the importance of failure as part of the learning and growing process.

Mrs Cameron was at the time speaking on the Tuesday, February 4, 2020, edition of her radio show ‘My BVI’ on Zking 100.9 FM on the topic of ‘The Youth Agenda’.

The Youth Agenda

“A lot of times in the various circles, we hear a lot of cry for the youths to be involved in things, because most time, activities and ideas are always being discussed as adult business, especially in the Caribbean,” she told the listening audience.

According to Mrs Cameron, in the last five years, however, youths are starting to take the lead across industries in areas of ingenuity, business & innovation.

“You see youth becoming billionaires, you see them taking over music industries… You see the world changing differently and that is looked at in two lights.” She said while some people are happy about the changes, others resent the whole youth agenda.

Mrs Cameron noted that empowering the future should still be a key focus today as well as creating a continuity plan to keep youths at the forefront of those empowerments. She said as a people, adult Virgin Islanders also have to learn to grow along with the youths and not be left behind.

Learning to accept failure 

“Another thing that came to mind is knowing that it's ok to fail… I fail at teaching my kids how to fail,” she said in laughter.

She said as parents and guardians, it is important to regress emotions and immediate towards failure in children whenever something is not achieved.

“We need to teach our children how to fail and that its ok to fail, not that it's ok to fail and stay there... But that its ok when you do fail, that failure is expected in some instances, that it's ok not to get everything,” she said.

31 Responses to “'We need to teach our children how to fail'- Angelle A. Cameron”

  • Kingfish (08/02/2020, 15:34) Like (76) Dislike (4) Reply
    We do not teach anyone how to fail especially our young children doing so will do great harm to them. What we need to do is to teach them how to accept FAILURE and turn it into the positive. Please keep her away from the young people of the BVI.
    • @kingfish (08/02/2020, 16:26) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree, why teach someone how to fail. Teaching to embrace an learn from failure is different. This right here will cause pure kaos.
      • tretretrete (09/02/2020, 15:10) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        She could could have phrased it differently but I think many if you are taking what she said very literally and out of context. After fully reading the article it is obvious she is saying the same thing as many of you. Her intent was good but choice of words were off.
        • Read people lol (10/02/2020, 12:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Exactly. She fully explained what she meant by that statement in the interview, but the news pulled an eye catching headline which clearly sparked interest. However, persons are not capturing the intent of the entire post. So I don't think she necessarily phrased it wrong. Blame article writing lol
    • Vitamin B13 (08/02/2020, 16:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not only the VI children but children on a whole
    • @kingfish (08/02/2020, 18:29) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
      When I read her message, she is saying exactly as you are saying. I understand her to say teach them to understand that failure is part of success. And no, she is not a relative of mine for I to side with her
      • JA (08/02/2020, 22:40) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        @@kingfish, from what am reading, I totally agree with king fish, I don’t know but maybe she wanted to bring across a message and did so in the wrong context. We should never teach our children to fail. We can teach then that when failure comes, it’s not the end, they can get beyond failure but to tell me we got to teach them how to fail, I have great difficulty understand that concept.
    • 9 no’s 1 yes (08/02/2020, 19:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      100% agreed with you!
    • GG (09/02/2020, 21:41) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I sincerely believe that that is what she meant.

      Why are we so quick to tear down another? (Regardless of who it is)

  • tretretrete (08/02/2020, 16:09) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    I understand what she is saying but her delivery came across as if she is saying that we should be ok with failing. If that is the case then i disagree because the feeling we get when we fail is what pushes us beyond our limits into success. No 1 should be comfortable with any form of failure whatsoever. Its not the end of the world but it should never be something we sre comfortable with.
  • pat (08/02/2020, 16:13) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    I knew she would be taken out of context
    • not so (08/02/2020, 16:52) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      She is perfectly in context in the article, these news media choose the most juiciest headlines because they know people like you do not read.
  • Don’t Mess w/Cindy (08/02/2020, 16:14) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    What you need to do is apologize to Cindy and stop disrespecting the woman as you were totally out of order for someone who claims she is a lady with class. Keep off of Cindy.
  • Payers needed (08/02/2020, 17:01) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    No mon, she say this for real?
  • Mash One (08/02/2020, 20:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Am I missing something here? I don’t think anyone should teach A Child how to fail! This has to be a grammatical error. To me I think that we should teach them how to bounce back after a failure.
  • Mash One (08/02/2020, 20:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    When a child goes to school for the first time,that child is at the bottom of a very tall ladder. Who parent would like there child to NOT start climbing that ladder?
  • My my. (08/02/2020, 23:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must teach my child how yo fail????? Jeeze you aint ready yet my Dear. Failing encounters in someone's pathway to life. Is ethier you accept it or you get up and keep pushing. No one like to be fail but is how you handly it....If I teach my child how to fail. If he do fall short he will accept tht fail and settle for it.
  • huh (08/02/2020, 23:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh uh huh no lady didn’t go there. This the most absurd thing I’ve heard since Donald Trump last spoke. Even Trump knows to teach them to win. Next!
  • Diaspora (09/02/2020, 00:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thomas H. Palmer, an American educator wrote “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.” Many successful people, ie, presidents, prime ministers, premiers, lawyers, doctors, mechanics, CEOs, nurses, professional sport athletes.....etc have had many failures. IMO you teach how to succeed but in the pursuit success, failure may result. In failing, you should fail forward. Think Ms Cameron may have been taken out of context; does not think she meant teaching chiren how to fail.
    • Socrates (09/02/2020, 12:11) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Diaspora, what is failing forward? Is not failure, failure whether it is backward and forward? Can you explain? Should Ms. Cameron explain her teaching to fail concept? Did she inartfully explain the concept? Is the spoken word like a rung bell?
      • Diaspora (09/02/2020, 17:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Socrates, “@Diaspora, what is failing forward?“ In pursuing success and if you were to fail, you don’t stay down but jump right back up with more determination to succeed. That is failing forward. On the other hand, one has to know when it is time to hold and when to fold, moving on to something else. Life experiences will tell you when that time is. When you fail and feel sorry for yourself and do not have a clue what to do next, that is failing backward. One should always lean forward into everything that one does. If you think you are going to fail, often times you fail. Think, act, believe and behave positively. Ms. Cameron may have in artfully communicated her position on failure. Don’t think an educator would teach how to fail; he/she teaches success and if by chance failure comes how to deal with it. Let’s give the young lady the benefit of the doubt, for many of us have said things that did not come out right. We think one thing and types or speaks another thing. I know it happens to me.
  • roots (09/02/2020, 08:42) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Unfortunately the mentality of her goes beyond this topic. Mistress Cameron likely grow understand it ok to take a little abuse. She was taught that way. She can’t help it.
  • who2blame (09/02/2020, 08:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I over stand... but with a false hope she don’t kno better as of now she think she knows the best
  • trrefdrfds (09/02/2020, 10:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Zombie (09/02/2020, 10:16) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another casualty of Beauty and Brains in the BeeWeeeI. Keep away from people chill dren. All you mental mehson.
  • OMG (09/02/2020, 10:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    And she got the nerves to call the show My BVI. Welsah.
  • GDM (09/02/2020, 11:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I disagree. You must never teach anyone how to fail. You must teach them that failure does happen, and if and when it does one must reevaluate the circumstances why it happened and use another strategy to succeed. If you are going to teach them how to fail, why even try! Nonsense.
  • Eagle Eye (09/02/2020, 12:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How could you win a competition with this kind of mentality.
  • Dr Laura (09/02/2020, 15:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can see her voice on this subject is from a place of low self esteem and betrayal camouflaged on screen. Without therapy and facing underlying things in life she may never see she would be bringing more harm teaching a child failure. Children are to be taught life skills for success not failure. This dangerous thing preaching to the public. This where you draw the freedom of speech line harming children.
  • tarzan (09/02/2020, 15:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine a foal, chick, cub or a baby learning to walk, climb, hunt or eat. Failure is natural before succeed. No one needs to teach failure throughout life. A mother of that foal, chick, cub or baby duty is to teach survival instincts. You build build build build up lady. Young lady go watch national geography and you’ll see what I mean.
  • FAIL (10/02/2020, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    F. A. I.L—————
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