Subba’s Serendipitous moments

January 14, 2007

Questions — the key to learning

Filed under: Education,Learning,Perspective — Subbaraman Iyer @ 2:20 pm

A father and his small son were walking one afternoon when the youngster asked how the electricity went through the wires stretched between the telephone poles.

“Don’t know,” said the father. “Never knew much about electricity.”

A few blocks farther on the boy asked what caused lightning and thunder.

“To tell the truth,” said the father, ” I never exactly understood that myself.”

The boy continued to ask questions throughout the walk, none of which the father could explain. Finally, as they were nearing home, the boy asked, “Dad, I hope you dont mind my asking so many questions…”

“Of course not,” replied the father. “How else are you going to learn?”

Sooner or later, of course, unless the boy seeks the answers, the boy will stop asking questions. That would be unfortunate. Curiousity and desire to learn should be encouraged and nurtured.

Parents who want their children to do well in school but who don’t respect learning are deluding themselves. Not many children are motivated to do it on their own.

The same is true in the corporate and business settings. Managers must set an example for those under them. If they have stopped learning and growing, they will be hard put to inspire their subordinates to do so, no matter how much they pretend to encourage it.

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