Teach Your Students to Ask Their Own Questions

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

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A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas - by Warren Berger

The classic model of teaching is leading students by asking questions. It’s often called The Socratic Method, after the ancient Greek philosopher, but it’s a staple of the modern classrooms from elementary school up to college. The most famous Hollywood version of it may be from the film and TV show, The Paper Chase, set at Harvard Law School.

Educators Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana want to turn the standard model on its head. They’ve founded the “Right Question Institute,” based on the idea that it’s much more effective to teach students to formulate and ask their own questions. It’s critical not just for the classroom, but for students’ lives.

They also argue that the ability to ask questions is critical to a healthy democracy.

“It’s possible to imagine a dictatorship without questions, but not a democracy,” Dan Rothstein told Here and Now‘s Robin Young.


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Yes! I love the power of questions and also believe that we need to get students both asking and answering them. I'm a big fan of Matt Murrie's "What if...?" conferences (http://www.whatif360.com/), where he encourages people to take risks by asking big questions. How might we develop our own programs in schools that do the same? How might we encourage our kids to ask their own questions and motivate others to work toward answering them? Could be a great project to work on in the "Ideate" phase of this challenge!

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