“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” -Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
The questions we ask determine both the quality of information we receive, and how applicable it is to the problem at hand. When I was a teenager, if I was coming home late at night and my mother asked, “Where have you been?” I could answer, “With friends.” This could allow me to answer a simple question with a shallow answer and dart up to my bedroom. If my mother were to ask, “With whom did you go out, and what did you do while you were gone?” I would either have to make up an answer, or tell the truth and live with the consequences.
In our Core History courses at Concordia University Irvine, we stress asking the right questions. Continue reading Asking the Right Questions