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By the numbers

Posted on: July 27, 2020

One of the post-lockdown rules we have in Singapore is that groups of people should be no larger than five [1] [2].

So why did I spot a group of eight at an eatery over the weekend? My guess is that one group of four scored one table and the other group of four got another table right beside the first table.

People look for loopholes and take advantage of them. They know what the rules are, but they do not care why the rules exist. The rule-of-five is meant to reduce the number of people interacting physically while providing a sense of normalcy.
 

 
If you are taught to listen and comply, you hear the number. If you are not taught to think and care, you do know know why that number exists nor do you behave responsibly.

My reflection is not so much about how wilfully ignorant we can sometimes be. It is about how we condition that mindset by the way we teach.

If we rely on the pedagogy of answers, we tend to provide the facts and figures. But if we learn to use the pedagogy of questions, we model for our learners and we teach them to ask important questions. The most important of which is why.

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