Why we should be asking more ‘stupid’ questions.
The ‘smart’ teacher
I recently read a vivid illustration of the “stupid question” that needed to be asked. The shy student who dared to raise her hand.
So this super smart teacher was talking about building a chart that shows data distribution. He was using a simple word – “bin.” As in, “when the data are continuous you must first place them into bins.”
What is a ‘bin’?
Most of us have bins at home. I have one for dirty laundry, which I call a laundry basket. Another for food, which I call a refrigerator! Regardless the size, a bin is a place to collect things.
While Mr. Scientist was talking, a hand went up in the front row. The collegian was obviously embarrassed, beginning with the typical disclaimer, “This is such a stupid question.” She went on to express her question. “But I am really confused. What do you mean by a ‘bin’?” Read more →