The contemporary techno-global environment tends to reward innovation along with the ability to grow, learn, and accommodate change. One of the benefits of inquiry learning is the way “floundering” prepares students for the world after college. In the real world answers are really just impermanent possibilities with a variety of potential consequences.
During college students are supposed to acquire knowledge that prepares them to be self-supporting and productive citizens, but there is no certainty that information learned today will translate into skills useful tomorrow. The ability to think, reflect and understand ourselves in relation to others and the world at large are more enduring proficiencies.
Living with ambiguity is uncomfortable. Humans tend to prefer constancy. It is reassuring to have the right answers, but living with contradiction is so much more interesting. Avid learners have an appetite for chaos. In the modern world isn’t it more useful to let students learn how to discover interesting questions rather than teach correct answers?