Are you asking me or telling me?

Posted: May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized
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School teachers ask the students questions during class to both test and get the student involved in the conversation. The students, especially the younger ones, usually answer in a timid way.  It was when questions were answered that my school teachers would ask the student another question. “Are you asking me or telling me?”  Most students would answer with telling, the teacher would then fire back with “well tell me then.” The student would make his statement with more confidence and then the lesson would go on. Sometimes students would let the teacher know they were asking. Then the teacher would begin his or her lesson by answering the question. After the teacher answered the question, the teacher would ask the student again and he or she would tell the teacher.

Learning and teaching requires this engagement, a dialogue has to be open and it has to go both ways. There is nothing wrong with ignorance however there is something wrong with ignorance within an abundance of knowledge. We live in an age where ignorance to a certain degree is a form of apathy and laziness.

Knowledge in a myriad of subjects is literally at our fingertips. We have to simply get engaged or connected to begin the dialogue which will result in learning and the destruction of ignorance and I can’t help but think that with the destruction of ignorance will come prosperity for everyone..

So learn something new today somewhere and somehow.





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