I finally figured out what it is I dislike about the way PYP units of inquiry are organized. It is the implicit associations involved with having the Central Idea as a statement, rather a question.
When you have the idea as a statement, you are creating a goal, an endpoint where we, as a learning group, are trying to get to. We want to figure out and understand what that statement means. We want to ask questions, but only questions that allow us to understand the statement we are trying to decipher. It is focused on one big idea. That is our goal. That is where we are trying to go.
On the flip side, if you put the central idea as a question, there is no way to predict where the learning will go. It grows and changes and evolves and moves and slides, etc. Questions begat questions, and soon enough, you are travelling in waters that you didn't plan for. It is organic, and the answers will be different for different kids. It is about the emergence of what is possible and what may happen. There is no goal, because the question is open-ended and open to interpretation.
Personally, I like the question model. I don't think learning and knowing are linear processes, and I think we want our students to flourish and grow as creative, open-minded people; we need to provide an environment that adheres to those ideas.
What do you think?