Does the present system of education encourage us to admit our lack of knowledge, or is there too much pressure to show the lack of knowledge? Good question, because in some schools, people often get teased if it is known that they did not know some things such as how square roots work and how to use exponents.
When I was at public school, I wouldn’t ask my classmates how to multiply two big numbers or something like that. I didn’t ask because, at that time, I thought people would laugh at me like, “How don’t you know that? Come on, Matthew!” In fact, something like that happened once at a Math Contest at my School.
I think others would not reveal their lack of knowledge to others because there might be to much pressure on them. Some people might be getting problems in some questions, and if they ask, they might think that they would get an answer like, “Wow, you sure are stupid,” or something like that. But really, we should not be afraid to admit our lack of knowledge, because then it allows us to learn much more, and it helps us to put our human barrier down.
So I think that our present system of education does encourage us to admit our lack of knowledge, but at the same time, there is also pressure from fellow students if you do not know something.