It’s OK to Ask
The primary education system in the United States sucks.
When you head to school, the first thing you learn is your ABC’s.
The second thing is to shut up and the third, don’t stand out.
This behavior reinforces itself throughout your time there. Once a child reaches a certain age, the students take over the reinforcement. It’s important to “fit in.” This behavior leaves everyone with a sense of cognitive dissonance, even the popular kids.
The entire class is looking, better get this right.
Raise your hand and “shut up and don’t stand out” is reinforced. The system teaches you not to ask questions, but the “good” ones. It intellectually slows us down.
It’s like driving in the slow lane and not realizing a simple lane shift makes you faster.
This programming follows us, from college to the first “adult” job. This programming “kicks in” during a meeting, where no one has to tell you not to talk. Ditto for the “open door policy” most places say they have.
The danger this programming creates is it stunts our intellectual growth and at its worst, has us fearing a tool that creates the most leverage for us, questions.
Originally published at Life As Usual.