1. Erin Scannell

    Makes me wonder how comfortable teachers are with the divergent thinker who thinks outside the box. How can we foster in all of our teachers such openness to the unpredictable, the embracing of curiosity, innovation and questioning?

  2. Hello George,
    I don’t think curiosity declines at all. Conversations and observations suggest diminishing opportunities for inquiry and autonomy as young learners advance along their education paths. Innovative schools are reversing this trend by offering students self-directed learning opportunities. Recognizing the importance of curiosity helps explain why the Montessori approach is gaining traction in teacher preparation programs, as well as, growing implementation in middle schools and high schools. With the answers all around us, it’s increasingly important for educators to facilitate the asking of “beautiful” questions by learners.

  3. Tim

    In my 38 years of teaching high school I have known many “4.0’s” that know how to do school very well but yet understand little of what they’ve done. Hence I stress often to “learn for knowledge, not for points” L4K N4P.

  4. I happen to be reading this while my son is watching WALL-E. Man, that movie scares me and relates to this topic. If you haven’t seen the movie, it essentially predicts what will happen if we continue down a lazy, information-fed, screen-driven life. What you are talking about here is the antithesis of that–curiosity, working hard for the sake of learning rather than rewards, driven by our desire to pursue passions and get better every day. That and a life that is relationship-focused and filled with physical activity will lead to a future much different than the one presented in WALL-E. Thank you for this glimmer of hope for our future!

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