“A person of good intelligence and sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality – and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing – it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street.” George Carlin
Teaching kids to question also means that you have to facilitate their questioning you. There are effective ways of doing that.
You begin with giving them input and options within parameters that you are comfortable with, and that allow for safety. A big part of this is following through with the consequences of those choices because learning to question, with integrity and not just to cause problems, requires critical thinking. Critical thinking, requires, among other things, that a person is able to consider the bigger picture and see beyond their immediate actions. Continue reading