Thank you for your article on the benefits of failure (cover story, April 7). I am an English teacher in a private high school, and I am appalled by the current parenting trend of preventing failure. I now cringe to assign any grade less than a B, because I have had parents calling me to complain over poor grades on the smallest of homework assignments. I literally cannot take off points from work that is turned in late or without a name because a parent will complain to the administration. This attitude prevents students from learning good habits and teaches them to expect to be “rescued.” How will young people ever learn to cope with major failures if we don’t allow them to experience minor ones?

Stephanie Turner *04