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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions



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"Questions about Intimate Family Relationships"

Questions for the Week of November 13, 2006



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When asked, "how do you best learn?" most people usually respond with either a technique, like, "in a classroom," or by naming their favorite sense, like, "I learn best visually." Unfortunately, this implies most people define "learning" as the ability to parrot the correct answer.

What is wrong with this? We believe that "parroting the correct answer" creates parrots, not students; dullards, not Einsteins. So how can we create more Einsteins? We believe, by asking questions which are intended to provoke the student's own questions. More important, we see this as the best way with which to reawaken in students the love of learning.

This week's topic is, "Question about intimate family relationships." Would you like to actually awaken your love of learning about this topic? You can, simply by reading the teacher's questions and then, by asking yourself, "what questions did these words just provoke in me?"

"Questions about Intimate Family Relationships"

The Teacher's Questions (asked by John)

  • Why do we take things for granted? Do we love so deeply that we unconsciously take things for granted?
  • Do we feel that because of how much we love, we can put our needs above another’s, because love can endure it?
  • Conversely to what degree should one sacrifice his needs for the needs of the ones he loves?
  • While life continues relentlessly, and a family’s ability to connect becomes increasingly difficult, why does time seem slower than it really is, even when a solution is right around the corner?
  • When the solution never materializes, why does the ability to see connection as the solution seem impossible?

Sample Student Response Questions (asked by Inetta)

Hi John, These questions were quite challenging to me. I found myself trying to conceptual your questions and struggling to find pictures them. Anyway, here are some questions that arose in me. Lots of love to the family.

  • Is your picture of love quantitative?
  • Is love measurable? Does love begin with an intent?
  • If so, how is it learned?
  • As for the "push and pull" that you described with regard to life, is this like a dance?
  • Or is it like navigating through a maze? (To be honest, I had a hard time picturing this.)

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