Most people don’t ask an explanation I guess. It happens to me all the time at school. If I say: “who doesn’t understand X or Z”, almost nobody will answer. I always pick someone to check if they do know the answer. At least 80% of the time, they aren’t able to answer my question.
I’m not sure we do have to understand everything all the time. Maybe that’s something we learned as well?
I agree that asking do yiu understand does not work. Especially not in a demanding environment like work or school. (With peer pressure etc)
When I teached .net classes I asked tons of questions.
Before I started a topic I asked who can explain me this or that. And I made it fun to answer, that is I gave a small reward (a package of post it’s) to the first answer.
Interesting question, “do we need to know everything?” As a teacher I do not need to know everything.
But when people discuss in a corporate environment, claiming to be the expert, when they actually don’t understand an acronym, I think that is wrong.
They might still be the expert. And they don’t need to know every abbreviation. But if they claim they do….
A lot of IT people can’t say the words “I don’t know”
and that is a problem.
Something most of us learned at school.
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