So apparently yes that is a thing – “ask a stupid question day” falls on September 28th each year and apparently it emanates from the USA.
It was created by a group of teachers in the 1980’s to encourage kids to ask more questions in the classroom. The problem is that children often fear that their question is stupid and hold back because they are afraid of being ridiculed by classmates. But asking questions is an integral part of the educational process and an important source of feedback for teachers.
Personally I don’t think there are any stupid questions when the questioner is seeking knowledge, if they are just trying to poke fun and holes in what you have to say then there are plenty of stupid questions, but are there really no stupid questions? There is always a risk of being judged when you ask a question, its unfortunately what people do, whether consciously or not. If you don’t want to learn then you shouldn’t feel the need to ask a question, you don’t care about the answer.
It would be interesting to see if this ask a stupid question day is actually making any difference in schools and if children have benefited from it.
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