Education

Articles about questioning and young people, especially the role of schools and academia.

Encouraging student questioning

Encouraging student questioning

Expanding my original Edutopia story by offering up some of the insights and ideas from educators that couldn’t fit in the Edutopia piece—but that are well worth sharing.

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Who is entitled to ask questions in class? {Excerpt from AMBQ}

Who is entitled to ask questions in class? {Excerpt from AMBQ}

The issue of “who gets to ask the questions in class” is one that touches on matters of purpose, power, control, and, arguably, even race and social class. An excerpt from A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION.

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“Today, we can’t afford to become adults”

“Today, we can’t afford to become adults”

MIT’s Joichi Ito’s thoughts on change, questioning, and childlike wonder

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Can a school be built on questions? {AMBQ excerpt}

Can a school be built on questions? {AMBQ excerpt}

Deborah Meier on “What if our schools could train students to be better lifelong learners by enabling them to be better questioners?“

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What happened when young Woz asked “Why”

What happened when young Woz asked “Why”

Steve Wozniak has lots of stories. But the ones I found most interesting have to do with Wozniak’s curiosity as a boy. When he would ask his engineer father questions, the answers changed Wozniak’s world. Whose world have you changed lately?

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Curious kids: What makes them question so much? {AMBQ excerpt}

Curious kids: What makes them question so much? {AMBQ excerpt}

In this short excerpt from AMBQ, I ask leading child psychologists about what’s going on kids’ developing brains and why that causes them to ask hundreds of questions a day—up until about age five.

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Are we turning our future leaders into ‘excellent sheep?’

Are we turning our future leaders into ‘excellent sheep?’

William Deresiewicz, author of the upcoming Excellent Sheep, talks about the failure to teach and ask big questions at today’s elite colleges, and how this impacts tomorrow’s leaders.

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Why do kids ask so many questions—and why do they stop?

Why do kids ask so many questions—and why do they stop?

Richard Saul Wurman and Louis C.K.

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Tony Wagner on questioning as a survival skill

Tony Wagner on questioning as a survival skill

Today I’m sharing a conversation I had with Harvard education superstar Tony Wagner about the power of inquiry in business and in education.

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The Rubik’s Cube: A question waiting to be answered

The Rubik’s Cube: A question waiting to be answered

A great Google video about nurturing the next generation of “scientists, engineers, artists, designers, inventors, or something no one’s ever been before… but you can bet we’re going to need.”

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