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Colton Cutchens

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How much of a right do students have to questioning and independent thinking?

What is your opinion on how much students should be allowed to question? Do they have the right to question if they may see a logical fallacy? If so, how far are they allowed to question it? Why?

In addition: I understand teachers try to allow students to question, but sometimes are limited by the administration (and/or bureaucracy). Why is this?


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    Jan 14 2013: I'm not certain this is even a question! Education is above all else about questioning and independent thinking.

    Yes, you may fill a child's head with facts, you can force them to memorize poetry and multiplication tables. But do they understand the poem? Do they understand the concept of multiplication?

    As many find out, the real learning in life often does wait until we are in a situation where we begin to explore new knowledge for ourselves. This is only possible if we have been taught how to properly learn.

    The true job of any real educator is to teach students to think; not to give them facts but to teach them how to learn, how to reason, and how to understand.

    Then again, perhaps these things cannot really be taught, perhaps they require that the individual have them as innate abilities. I do not know.

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