Capturing the interest

When you are looking closely at a problem, there is a great tendency to view it in black-and-white terms and so to reduce it to opposites. This tends to lead to closed thinking. By using the headings "Plus," "Minus," and "Interesting," it is possible to categorize ideas so as to keep things more open.

Take any idea or proposition—for example, that we should abolish all schools—and apply these words to it. It might look something like this:

+

-

Interesting

It would cost less in taxes.

You could learn what you like.

Etc.

Many teachers would lose their jobs.

Children from poor families might suffer.

You could use the buildings for other things. Parents might get more involved.

As you can already see, the ideas in the third column are shaping up well.

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