Friday, November 18, 2011

Curiosity drives learning.

“ UCSF scientist touts inquiry as key to learning”

Having to state the obvious spotlights the distressing state of education for too many children. The job of education should be to teach children how to ask good questions; questions that take them someplace in their thinking. The answers aren’t really important. What’s important is knowing the questions. Curiosity jump-starts learning. My favorite question to ask a child at the end of the day is: “What did you learn in school today that you are curious about?” There is no learning if there is no questioning. There is no learning without masking mistakes. We learn more from our mistakes than we do from our achievements. Questions and mistakes are the essence of learning. We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.  

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