We recently found an excerpt of David Harrah’s book “What Should We Teach about Questions?” which discusses “the theory of questions and the logic of questions, and why educators should be interested in them”
The following phrase caught our attention: “By the time of entering college, the student has some idea of the relative importance of questions, and the relative importance of different kinds of answer.”
If that’s the case, it would mean that most people should understand the importance of asking questions at work and be capable of distinguishing between useful and vague answers. Still, it seems that more often than not, we avoid asking too many questions at work and we tend to accept unsatisfactory answers.
Why does this happen? Should we (re)teach the importance of questions to employees?