Today I read an interesting series of articles in The Journal (That’s what people call it, right?  Makes me sound more like a CFO.  Way better than, ‘Last night when I was watching Downton Abbey’… not quite as impressive.)

So I read this article about innovation and entrepreneurs and this professor says, “When kids come home, instead of asking them, ‘What did you learn today?’  ask them, ‘What questions did you ask today?’ or ‘What questions do you still have to ask today?'”  He explains that asking provocative questions, observing, experimenting, and networking are critical skills for developing creativity and leadership.  Sounds good, right?  I think I’ll try it.

So tonight over prawn tacos— eating is an area where we’ve fostered risk taking and experimentation and have had a pretty good success rate with the two bottomless pits— I decide to try my new and improved question.

“Jakey, what questions did you ask at school today?”

And he says for the first time, “I don’t know the foggiest idea.”

Looks like I’m going to have to get more creative.


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