In response to blog from Engaging Educators, article by Benjamin Curran titled “The End of Trivia?”
Trivia is ‘nice to know’, but have pupils learned to address the important questions
how … and how come…?
Why is it, for instance, that whenever some nation had so venerably and colourfully ornamented
its former leaders’ graves, temples and deities (with paraphernalia and ‘trophies’),
they eventually faced defacing, plundering and pillaging?
From this you can weigh the options, analyse trends, or find passive or active solutions:
1) keep a low profile, and give your temple or church or body a plain, worn and empty look, or
2) shout, and make a change in the world for the better,
(but don’t stop at two…An option is not of value without at least a third option) .
But the inevitable fate of the teacher is that s/he is to have to set an example (else be at odds with pupils).
Being authentic is crucial. So if the teacher uses the Internet for his- or herself–and I myself do so daily–as source of reference and inspiration, then it is up to the teacher to demonstrate to pupils how to effectively SURF, SIFT, ANALYSE and DISCRIMINATE. (e.g. discriminate the accurate sites from the crap and other distractions).
Teach how to focus (and take breaks) and encourage follow-up, finding more leads to the questions pupils bring with them. For this teacher needs to suss its pupils inclinations and strengths, (and limitations).
Finally, to know is to ASK the right questions–more importantly than having the ‘answer’ (Is there just one?)
What is ‘factual’, what is ‘truth’, in a multi-dimensional world, after all?
Is there only one God, and several demons? Are we evil or humanistic?
How many inaccuracies can we find in our old History books? Are all legends fiction?
How much importance do you place on a Trivia trophy?
The real victory is sharing knowledge and skill. Can a trophy do this?
Are sports for winners only? What’s a win?
Can you change rules? Are rules restrictions or guidelines?
So if the trivia questions lead to questioning, why not?
How many wonders of the world are there now?