Children should be taught how to be mentally tough as well as happy, a leading academic has said.Long overdue, no doubt, but we have a long, long way to go before the damage done by the ‘all must have prizes’ concept has been purged from education theory:
Mentally robust children are more likely to resist bullying and are not put off when they make mistakes, according to research.
Promoting a tough attitude among pupils can improve their performance in exams, as well as improving behaviour, said Peter Clough, head of psychology at the University of Hull.
The research will pose a threat to 'happiness lessons', which are used in many schools to teach children how to empathise with one another and think positively.
Dr Clough said: "All the positive thinking in the world isn't going to make a third look like a 2:1."