Stupid Question

I imagine this exchange happening in class:

Professor: Anyone have any questions? Yes, you.

Student: This is kind of a stupid question, but…

Professor: Then I’m not going to answer it.

Student: Uh…

Professor: If you preface it by saying it’s a stupid question, I don’t see why I should answer it. It would waste our time and demonstrate lack of good judgment on your part. What you really mean is that you have a question but feel embarrassed to ask because you think it makes you a look like a stupid person. Never mistake a willingness to ask questions, even rudimentary ones, for stupidity. An inquisitive nature and the boldness to ask are the elements of intelligence. Now, ask your question, and don’t be afraid.

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