I've been watching the new Aaron Sorkin show, The Newsroom, and it has left me wondering how often we are asking question that we already know the answer. It is clear in this clip that everyone in the audience and on the panel knows the answer. It is a great monologue for fostering discussion. Just this week, Mitt Romney was asked about the London Olympics, and he gave an honest answer about what he saw with regards to the organization of the games. Everyone was shocked because they already knew the right answer, and it wasn't the one that he gave. (It was also mistimed, possible not true.) Are we asking the questions that we already know the answers in our schools? Do you have the courage to place the elephant in the room? Great schools bend, but don't break when the hard questions are asked. Great schools want the most important questions on the table. Great schools need different opinions in the room. Great schools are a true marketplace of ideas that have voice from teachers, students, and the leaders.