Questions Are Just as Awesome as Answers (Probably, more awesome)


How do you get good marks?

You read stuff and absorb it. The term ‘absorb’ may mean memorizing, rote learning, or matching questions with the correct answers. And then under a given period of minutes, hours or days, you sit and write it all. Your lucky stars may even do more by giving you with boxes to shade!

The education system used to be well-balanced. Young adults are likely to be provided with other avenues to pursue their creativity. They can approach composition with the sole purpose of self-expression. They can paint and experiment and make reaching their potential their goals.

But that was eons ago. Today, our education system was retrofitted on several levels — its evident result is this stripped bare of a scheme, characterised by its factory-like aesthetics and mechanically spewed children. They’re out and ready to get with life, minus the dynamics of sheer curiosity.

They don’t know how to come up with good questions. They’re used to someone giving them those that the beauty of question-generation is long lost to them.

Where questions are king (or queen if you like)

In dissertation or research studies of similar ilk, you need to come up with research questions. In fact, the whole piece is wired to start with that million-dollar question.

For those attuned to ask, they’ve probably got the edge. Come to think of it, if you do things again and again, tweaking it there and now, wouldn’t you end getting better at it? If that is true, those who are insatiably curious and aren’t timid to put out questions of any kind (both smart and ‘stupid’) are probably an essential source of good questions.

But what’s a ‘good question?’

Of course, it has to be well-thought out. It need not contain a collective set of variables because a very good question can sustain with the barest essentials.

How do you eat passion fruit?

It sure cuts the chase, does it? But if you were to ask about its anatomy, you won’t just learn how to eat it. You could learn about its proteins, the good stuff it gives your body. By understanding its tender meat’s texture, you might soon learn how to make it become the next jarred jam. And, of course, you might learn that the fruit may not actually fit well as a jam.

Hypothesis, hypothesis

The system and everything else

Ironically, our education system supports this line of poor questioning. In fact, even if you were to use that passion fruit-question, results from trusty ol’ Google will show comprehensive pieces — that cover stuff about anatomy, nutrients, jams, and products!

Clearly, there is no good (or tangible) incentive to coming up with good questions. Even our education system rewards answers. Just answers.

Have you ever heard of marks or points derived out of good questions?

As a lifelong learner, it is our ultimate choice. If they can’t teach us how to make good questions, let’s teach ourselves! Let’s ask each other a question.

And then, perhaps, stop stigmatizing question-making by calling each other ‘stupid,’ ‘dull,’ or ‘foolish.’

Yes, we can start with that.

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First appeared at Medium.com

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