Hillary Clinton said ‘take criticism seriously not personally’.
Hillary Clinton said “take criticism seriously not personally”; this statement interests me because most people take criticism personally and therefore rarely seriously.
The trouble with feedback is that it is hard to accept that anything is less than perfect especially if the task has taken much effort to create. I am often asked for feedback following job interviews and it is difficult at times to make this opinion worthwhile. If this is considered in a school context allocating marks to class or home work is not always a precise science and a degree of opinion is involved. Teachers are experienced practitioners and accumulate over time knowledge that feeds into the grades awarded to pupils.
Hillary Clinton’s full quotation is “They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others”.
There is a key message here. Learn to develop from honest criticism but do not let it stop growth or progress. In school the girls are encouraged to be resilient and accept advice. All feedback should be constructive and helpful.
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