Provoking Questions (Part II)*
Teaching high school students for the last six weeks has me stuck in inquiry mode. Better to ask than to preach, I’ve learned (the hard way). Although, that said, be careful where your line of questioning leads them!
1. Who has an interest in keeping things the way that they are?
Because: fostering change requires understanding and addressing entrenched interests, in addition to knowing toward what we should be evolving.
2. Who’s not at the table (and should be)?
Because: assuming those immediately available represent everyone with a stake in the topic potentially overlooks important participants, some of whom may be less privileged.
3. What’s the business model?
Because: while pursuing purpose over profit can be potentially satisfying in the short run, it is rarely an effective strategy for long-term success.
4. Help me understand your thinking?
Because: I have an incredible propensity for jumping to conclusions, and this question helps me keep my overly judgmental brain in check…sometimes.
*See here for Part 1.