Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. ~ Margaret Mead.
Good questions can spark ideas and lead to discoveries—personal or otherwise—like Isaac Newton’s, “Why should the apple always fall to the earth?” A ‘good question’ can make us look at something from a new perspective. This course is about developing good questions, including questions that are important to children and youth. Children and young people are naturally inquisitive and curious. In our Big, Fun Questions course, we provide a space to explore questions that matter to children and for their inquisitive minds to imagine, wonder, and develop more questions.
“What is your superpower?
“I can make my parents stop fighting.” (A grade-4 student)
Instructor: Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari
Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari is a post-doctoral researcher in Philosophical Inquiry with Children in the Faculty of Education at UBC, a teacher at SelfDesing working philosophical inquiry and art with homeschool children, and the Founder/Director of The School of Inquiry in Vancouver, BC. The School of Inquiry is a space dedicated to reflection and dialogue. Mahboubeh has created this space to nurture children’s thinking and to empower them to think critically, creatively and caringly.
Mahboubeh works with love and care. She believes that deep down in every one of us there exists the purest form of love that can be nurtured and developed. This love can flourish by giving it selflessly and abundantly to everyone and everything without prejudice. She draws inspiration from this belief and the theme of love is a common thread that runs through everything she does.