Stephen Traphagen, KSTF Senior Fellow, was one of more than 20 biology teachers who wrote about the following prompt as part of a national project: “What is the value of letting students struggle in class?” His piece—which focuses on risk-taking and the value of failure for teachers and students—was featured in the Answer Sheet, a Washington Post blog, on May 13, 2015. Read Stephen’s writing.

Stephen teaches biology at Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.