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Ask, Don't Assume

A hallmark of childhood is curiosity; many children spend many years asking many questions. They want to know “how” and “why” and “when” and more because they don’t know and they want to know. As children grow and mature, however, many lose this curiosity. Perhaps this happens because their parents and teachers have shushed them too often; adults may easily tire of children’s curiosity. Or perhaps as children grow, they think asking questions makes them look stupid, so they pretend to know even when they don’t. This is very sad. If the flame of curiosity has been extinguished, opportunities to learn are lost, whether one is a child or an adult.

When adults assume a position of authority (at home, as a parent or in a job, as a professional), we may assume a mantle of arrogance: we think we “know” things. The curious child asks questions because she doesn’t know and she wants to know, but adults may ask few questions because we think we already know the answers . . . 

Asking, not assuming, could make all the difference within the world of services—special ed, adult services, voc-rehab, and more—and when writing plans/programs . . .Click here to continue.

You seldom listen to me, and when you do you don’t hear, and when you do hear you hear wrong, and even when you hear right you change it so fast that it’s never the same.

Marjorie Kellogg

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