Professor Calling For Ban on Erasers: Remove These Devilish Instruments From Schools
Erasers are an ‘instrument of the devil’ and should be banned from classrooms because they encourage children to feel ashamed about mistakes, a King’s College visiting professor says.
Guy Claxton, who is also a cognitive scientist, said schools should encourage students to acknowledge their mistakes because that’s the way the “big wide world” works and move away from placing too much importance on grades.
His comments followed research that has suggested resilience and curiosity are two essential ingredients for pupils’ success.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, professor Claxton said: “The eraser is an instrument of the devil because it perpetuates a culture of shame about error. It’s a way of lying to the world, which says ‘I didn’t make a mistake. I got it right first time.’ That’s what happens when you can rub it out and replace it.
“Instead, we need a culture where children are not afraid to make mistakes, they look at their mistakes and they learn from them, where they are continuously reflecting and improving on what they’ve done, not being enthralled to getting the right answer quickly and looking smart.
“They need to be interested in the process of getting the right answer because that’s what it is like in the big wide world.