The teacher is prepared. She has studied her subject matter inside and out. The lesson plan is spot on, designed to touch every learning style, every level of intellectual capacity. Ready, set, go! She writes the premise of the lesson on the board and turns to begin. A raised hand stops her in her tracks. She sighs—this kid. The student every teacher simultaneously loves to have in their classroom, yet dreads when they see that raised hand. The Questioner.
"But what if it isn't?"
Patience. Patience is the key to victory.
She raises her head, straightens her shoulders, and asks, "What if what isn't?"
He nods at the board, and she, despite her aggravation, quirks a grin.
"Ok, Knox, what if it isn't?"
Time to reconsider.
I taught high school for a lot of years. And I had an inquisitive Knox in my classroom each and every time. These people will make your brain hurt, but in the end, it's worth it. Why? Because everyone needs to reconsider as a form of checks and balances. Check yourself every once in a while. You won't regret it.
According to dictionary.com:
to reconsider: to consider again, especially for a possible change of decision regarding it.
Do I still believe (fill in the blank)? Turn the subject inside out and come to either the same decision or a different one.
If we ask just one question, does everything fall apart?
In All Things Reconsidered, popular podcaster Knox McCoy uses a unique blend of humor, pop culture references, and personal stories to show how a willingness to reconsider ideas can actually help us grow ourselves, our lives, and our beliefs.
In this laugh-out-loud defense of reconsideration, Knox dives into topics like: