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The question game!
Teaching kids to ask smart questions

Think about it: A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions - in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions - and more importantly, why don't we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?

I've been just reading Die Kunst des klugen Fragens by Warren Berger who suggests that there are three main questions which help in problem solving: why questions, what-happens-if questions, and how questions.

Regardless of the question, the question needs to be phrased openly and positively in order to achieve positive results - a closed or negative question only raises bad feelings against each other.
 - Why questions help to find the root of a problem.
 - What-if questions open up the floor for creative solutions.
 - How questions focus on developing practical solutions.
 
So, perhaps, this lesson can be adapted to help trigger young children to start solve problems early too and stop accepting whatever the kindergarten teacher says to be fact? And perhaps, continue to keep up these inquiring and probing abilities later on in life? Well, here goes, let's give it a try...

Introducing the Question Game
Preparation: print out the figure in the illustration, cut it out and glue the tabs together to form a cube.

Pick up your favorite illustrated fairy tale book - the kind of book you'd read a two-year-old for bedtime stories. On each page, roll the cube and answer the question together. I'll bet you'd be surprised by what turns Little Red Riding Hood can take... and more importantly, I'll bet that after a while, you and your child will both start asking these questions more often than not!

#Geist   #Education   #Learning   #Questions   #ProblemSolving  
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Someone at Google was having too much fun today.  Stephen Colbert delivered a fabulous rant last night about Google being wrong about his self-described height of 5' 11". Today Google corrected its assessment.

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/qw8rwv/who-s-attacking-me-now----larry-page
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Very insightful read.

"When Israel breaks international law in the occupied territories, when Israel publicly humiliates the subject populations whose land it has seized - but then responds to its critics with loud cries of "anti-Semitism" - it is in effect saying that these acts are not Israeli acts, they are Jewish acts: The occupation is not an Israeli occupation, it is a Jewish occupation, and if you don't like these things it is because you don't like Jews."
At 58, Israel has no friends aside from the U.S. and its claims of victimhood and anti-Semitism are falling on increasingly deaf ears. The time has come to mature
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"If you love visual comedy, you gotta love Edgar Wright, one of the few filmmakers who is consistently finding humor through framing, camera movement, editing, goofy sound effects and music. This is an analysis and an appreciation of a director so awesome that Marvel had to fire him on a holiday."
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OK. If there is one video you watch this month, this should be it: it is 13 minutes of your life which will be well-spent. Because at the end of it, you will actually know what is going on with net neutrality, (or as he calls it, "preventing cable company fuckery") and exactly what the sleazy deals are behind it, but you will also be laughing your ass off, because John Oliver is hilarious.

Net neutrality is kind of amazing, because destroying it manages to screw over almost everyone.

Small companies get screwed over because they can't afford to pay off the cable companies to get access to their customers. Oh, you had an idea for a business using the Internet? Well, I hope your business plan includes a few million bucks to pay for your customers to be allowed to reach your site.

Big companies get screwed over because they're shaken down for (literally) billions of dollars by cable companies -- "That's a nice business you have there. Pity if someone were to make sure your customers could never reach you again" -- and that's assuming that the cable companies don't see them as competitors (if, say, they were doing something like streaming video...), at which point those companies could just shut them off outright.

People who use the Internet get screwed because the sites they want to connect to can't pay these extra fees, or are just being shut down outright by the cable companies. What, you wanted to watch a movie tonight? Sorry. Maybe you should have rented it from Comcast, instead, sucker!

In fact, nearly everyone in the entire country gets screwed over by this. So why, you ask, would the government be considering such a thing? 

Well. There is one group who doesn't get screwed over by it at all. Your friends and mine at Comcast, Time-Warner, Verizon, and AT&T. But don't worry; they have your best interests at heart. And the service guy will be there between 2 and 6. 

Really.

Honest.
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Another insightful and actually thought-provoking read.

"So you really don't have to choose between being "pro-Israel" or "pro-Palestine." If you support secularism, democracy, and a two-state solution -- and you oppose Hamas, settlement expansion, and the occupation -- you can be both."
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Since al-Jazeera seems to want to avoid using the obvious word or in any way be too clear about what this is, let me clarify: the purpose of this Instagram account is to identify runaway slaves in Kuwait, to help people catch them and hand them back to the police and their owners. The article talks about them as "domestic servants," so you might miss the fact that for them to leave their "employers" (who also hold their passports and often families) without permission is a crime, and that a "certain amount" of beating is considered acceptable and a matter between the master and God alone.

The reason al-Jazeera might be pussyfooting around this issue is that slavery is the backbone of the economy from Kuwait all the way down the emirates of the Arabian Peninsula, most definitely including Dubai, Bahrain, and al-Jazeera's home monarchy of Qatar.

(Oh, and to clarify - the cartoon of the slave chained to her mistress isn't the newspaper's editorial addition. It's the profile picture of the Instagram account in question.)

Just another day when the news needs an explanatory footnote or two. 
Local account uploads photos of 'escaped' domestic workers.
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"... governments should favour delivery services over shops, which degrade neighbourhoods, are prone to robberies and attract “shoulder-tapping” minors who ask adults to buy for them. [...] Storefronts, like liquor stores, provide a visual trigger, making it hard for drug abusers to give up."
EVAN COX used to deliver pizza. But 18 months ago, as he was running out of money at college in Seattle, he had a new business idea. The state of Washington was in...
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Not that I'm particularly passionate about Uber or taxi apps, but it's nice to know that not everyone in Brussels has a knee jerk reaction to prevent disruptive change.
 
"Whether it is about cabs, accommodation, music, flights, the news or whatever.  The fact is that digital technology is changing many aspects of our lives. We cannot address these challenges by ignoring them, by going on strike, or by trying to ban these innovations out of existence"

Neelie Kroes, EC vicepresident

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/kroes/en/blog/my-view-todays-taxi-protests-and-what-it-means-sharing-economy

#uber   #ubertaxi   #apps   #taxiservice   #taxiappindustry   #taxiapp  
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Knee jerk reactions haven't been confined to those threatened by the new businesses enabled by the new technology. I wasn't too impressed Uber's reaction in the UK either. Shame the incumbent businesses (eg taxis) don't prep themselves with the new tech as it emerges sometimes years before it bites them. 
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