CHAPTER 5THINKING WITH NEW QUESTIONS

Everything we know has its origins in questions.Questions, we might say, are the principalintellectual instruments available to human beings.

Neil Postman

When I arrived at my classroom on Monday morning, I went immediately to the teachers’ bulletin board just to the right of the door. That was where we posted everything from emergency phone numbers to a calendar of school holidays and the weekly schedules of staff meetings. Right in the middle, dominating the board, was Dr. Malstrom’s Behavior Chart. I cringed. Every child in the class knew what it meant when I walked over to that chart holding—or, in Mrs. Santiago’s case, brandishing—a big black marking pen. It meant that somebody was going to get a big ...

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