Writers, Quora Gave Me the Power of School Authority
At our school, parents are given high importance. Their opinion matters, doesn’t matter whether the school considers it or not. They sure consider, but some parents are happy about that and most are not.
It’s normal because when you have 1000 parents and each one of them suggests something (usually different) and finally 15% discount is finalized by the school authority, some are happy because at least 50% of their suggestion were considered— “Give us 75% discount” (I am talking about the 5 in 75 — 7 is 50%, 5 is another 50%). Some aren’t happy because not even 5% of their suggestion was considered — “Please give us a 99% discount.”
We have a suggestion box at our school and parents are requested to drop their opinions when something happens, especially regarding school fees issues, especially during a pandemic of this kind (now we have a digital suggestion box, which is Google Form.) They care so much that they don’t even give options to choose from and tick to, they directly allow parents to open their heart and say out everything.
School prints an online notice:
Dear parents, this year has been hard. We are worried about everyone. We understand the financial crisis we all have to go through. We’d be more than happy to give some discount on the fees to assist you in this tough situation. Please let us know your opinion about the discount percentage. We’ll take it into greater consideration. Stay safe.”
Some parents quickly jump into and share their opinions, thoughts, suggestion, why they think the way they think, even the way they think what they think.
Some parents take time, wait for other’s opinion and see how they could suggest something better.
Some bring up screenshots of discounts percentages given by other school and tries to convince to go with the same percentage.
Some even cheat — they tell their opinion and suggestion to other parents and when it matches with others, they give a (digital) high-five to the parent and excuses to go for washroom and changes the suggestion by at least 1%, just to make it different, in so hurry that they don’t realize their camera wasn’t turned off.
Some, like my parents, and school authority, never care. Not because we are a billionaire, but because we consume.
The Same Thing Happens at Quora
This is exactly what happens at Quora. Some are writers who share their opinions and suggestions right away, without caring about upvotes or share (if you are a baby Quora user, upvotes are like likes on Facebook.)
Some wait for other’s answer to then writes something better, to get more upvotes.
Some take time to research, dig deeper, get to the extreme, true points and convince people to read and act.
Some disagree with every other writer.
Some just read, I mean to consumes.
This means, above all, anybody is free to share their opinion (no barrier or perfectionism.)
What’s fascinating about human is, we strive for the better. We want to write that better answer to get more upvotes similar to the way we think of better suggestions for the discount percentage.
School Authority Is on the Best Side
Suggesting the discount percentage is free and especially as our urge is to suggest something better, parents put their heart out — all of their pain points, their stories (with all real emotions.) This means, their stories are almost always unbiased, hence they are precious. School authority can read it, think about it, process it, consume it, and then finally decide their finalized discount percentage.
These unbiased stories and thoughts help the school authority connect and read with greater interest which then influences the thinking, and they decide the discount by thinking from every perspective — unbiased thoughts open up closed perspectives.
Also, as they get a lot of thoughts, it’s easier to compare and make the right decision. A lot of information means more knowledge and hence a better conclusion.
By the way, school authority already knows what will be the best discount percentage that is reasonable for both the school and the parents. They might already know what other schools gave as the discount. After all, they are a school. They educate us. Still, they proposed the parents to share opinions because they care — they want to know the true pain points and they know they could be wrong with their initial idea.
The school suggestion box is Quora. Parent’s opinions are the writer’s answers. Quora being free to write and read, especially for a writer’s urge to write something better, we often get unbiased thoughts and these thoughts are precious, so much that I trust it more than any blogs.
Unbiased thoughts make reading fun, hence thinking, thus writing. It clears our mind and opens up new perspectives. As we have abundant thoughts and answers, we can gain more knowledge with ease and it’s easier to compare and get to the right conclusion.
In Quora, unlike school authorities, you don’t even need to ask questions or propose to share something. Quora is full of powerful questions already.
Quora Is The Game-Changer For Readers Who Love To Write
Writing is critical thinking. Because humans are subjective: it’s harder to write something and make it work, let alone appealing for everyone in this world.
Unfortunately, not all (great) writers are critical thinkers. But the good news? You don’t need to think critically, Quora makes it easier. Because critical thinking is just that — consideration of every perspective and coming into a conclusion that works for masses because again, humans are subjective.
But by considering a lot of thoughts and perspectives coming from real people, which are unbiased, at least you can make some people happy and inspire them, like the school authority makes some parents special by considering 50% of their suggestion.