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How to Ask a Smart Question

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Guest Post by Steve Snyder I can almost guarantee that at some point in your education a teacher has stood before you and in a self-satisfied tone said, “There are no dumb questions in this class.” Well, he or she got it half-right. While there may be no dumb questions, some questions are clearly smarter than others. So what makes a question smart? To answer this completely would probably take us deep into theories of knowledge, linguistics, rhetoric, logic and maybe even brain chemistry. But I’ll give you the short answer: a question is a tool a for…