Finding one’s truth was at the core of the work of John Dewey, one of the 20th century’s most influential philosophers of education. Referring to the education of children, he wrote, “Truth is a process of discovery.” He believed the only way truth is found is by the solution of problems. He believed problems stir thought because the role of intelligence is to resolve problems. And the way children do this is by using their intelligence – I would add imagination – to experiment and come up with possible ideas about how to resolve the problem. And that can only begin with questions.
In his lectures on Dewey, Prof. Arthur Holmes of Wheaton College, calls this a Dialectical process, a constant striving to reconcile seemingly contradictory thoughts or facts or ideas. But it is this that allows us to grow as human beings as we continually make adjustments and resolve problems as thinking is triggered by questions. We should share this insight with children. They already possess the requisite Hybrid Skills to discover their Justified Belief.