Vol 15|No 5|June|2019



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Unanswerable Questions

While frustrating and difficult, it is the unanswerable questions of life that will demand the most attention from us during our lifetimes. They have challenged the best thinkers, novelists, poets and philosophers for hundreds of years along with the rest of us. Perhaps because their answers are elusive and exasperating, many schools and teachers have shied away from them, even while claiming to build curriculum around what they claim to be "essential questions" - a concept first popularized by the late Grant Wiggins and the Coalition of Essential Schools. In this article, Jamie argues that schools should place such questions at the center of the curriculum, thereby preparing students for similar questions that will inevitably confront them as adults.

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