What’s the question?

Did you know that there is a Ask a Stupid Question Day?

September 30, 2013 01:51 pm | Updated June 02, 2016 04:16 pm IST - chennai

Illustration for young world

Illustration for young world

“Where do they throw a garbage can?”

“If an orange is called Orange, can a lemon be called ‘yellow’?”

“How long does it take for a snail to go across the world?”

“If the toaster has a button that burns the bread, why have the button at all?”

“Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why can’t God keep the ones he has now?”

Stupid questions? It is important to ask questions. It helps you become creative and interactive which turns out a better quality of work in the classroom.

A book Make Just One Change: Teach students to ask their own questions by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana is about the method by which students are encouraged to ask questions about everything.

Just answer

It is said that even Socrates, the great philosopher wandered around Athens asking questions to arrive at a greater truth.

Ancient philosophers and psychologists declared that the act of questioning is important for thinking, storing and communicating knowledge and for social interaction.

Can there be stupid questions? No. If the person you question does not know the answer he/she might probably dismiss it off with “Don’t ask stupid questions”.

There are so many questions we would love to ask, if only someone would give a believable answer without laughing.

But in all probability children do not ask these questions, because they think the questions are stupid or dumb and classmates will laugh.

Now there is a day when you can ask any question in your class.

Ask away and let the world laugh if they want to, as long as they can find an answer for it.

The “Ask a Stupid Question Day” was born in the 1980 in the classrooms of America, by teachers who wanted to encourage children to ask more questions in the classroom.

The day is celebrated on September 28 or the last working day of the month.

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