Humanities students should be more like computer-science students.
A computer program that doesn’t run is a failure. A program that produces no usable data about the text it was set up to analyze is a failure. Why don’t those failures devastate the developers? Because each time their efforts fail, the developers learn something they can use to get closer to success the next time.
That’s what we should be teaching humanities students—to look at what went wrong and figure out how to learn from it.