Rubik: “Play is one of the most serious things in the world…I learn most from my failures. That’s the way to learn. That’s the way to be successful.”
Most people give up on difficult challenges like Rubik’s cube because we haven’t been trained to persevere. The consequences of our instant gratification culture are not mitigated by our test-driven education system. Our assessments value quantity over depth and easily-measurable lower-level thinking skills (memorization, comprehension, application) over time-consuming subjective feedback needed for creative problem solving. And what we measure, we teach.