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Questioning questions

Posted on: July 16, 2019

I ask questions quite a bit on my blog. For example, yesterday I raised questions about the coding move for primary school students in Singapore.

Sometimes I ask myself if I should ask these questions. After all, these can come across as being critical or cynical, aggressive, or anti-establishment.

However they are perceived, I know that they come from a good place — the heart and mind of a reflective educator — and were nurtured in a graduate school and varsity that valued critical thinking.

So I remind myself: If not me, then who? If it helps someone else think more deeply about an issue or a plan, why not ask away?

As I ask questions, I am guided by these principles.

I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. -- Richard Feynman

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. -- Lord Alexander.

If you seek to indoctrinate, provide the answers. If you seek to educate, provide questions.

If your students can Google the answer, you are not asking the right questions.

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