I started my Physics course this Summer telling my students they are not allowed to say "I don't know," unless they can't read, listen to a recording, watch a video, or ask a question of someone more knowledgeable. When I was in school we did not have access to information like students do today.
In my humble opinion, students need to bulk up on two things like body builders do using supplements. What are those two things students need to bulk up with? Asking quality questions and learning how they learn.
Take for example, Google is an awesome resource, but if you ask the wrong question or use terms inappropriately, you will not get the answer you seek. Ask a bad question one gets a bad answer. Ask a wrong question one gets a wrong answer. Ask an incomplete question one may very well get an incomplete answer. Its that simple. Quality of questions is paramount and good questions come from meticulous vocabulary management. Therefore, students must become better question askers for academic, personal, and work related reason too.
Secondly, students have to literally study their personal style of learning how they learn. It is not the responsibility of any instructor or teacher to say everything just the way the student needs it said to them. That will not happen. Yet, teachers and instructors have a responsibility to present information in a way that many of their students will grasp the content or concepts. After that, students need to ask questions for clarification in their minds.
This world of vast knowledge awaits articulate learned question askers!!!!!!!
Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.