Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Questions take us on Great Adventures

To question is to ask, to wonder, to ponder on possibilities. Questions open the door to the unknown and take us on great adventures. Each time a child asks a question we are moved in new directions; we seek new possibilities and make great discoveries. What would life be without questions? All that which man creates and discovers begins with a need to know the unknown. 

A dandelion, is it a flower or a weed?
The children think that all vegetation bearing a colorful top is a flower.
Once the flower is removed from the stem then it is simply a stick!
When the dandelion transforms and the yellow flower turns willowy white is it then still a flower?
The children believe it is still a flower as it bears white petals.
Can the children's thinking be changed with repeated experiences or do we leave them to believe that the dandelion is indeed a beautiful flower?

“Indeed, the only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate. Only the most naive of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers. A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.” 
― Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness of Being