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From the Superintendent's Desk - The Importance of Curiosity

The Importance of Curiosity
 
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”  This statement may hold little significance until you know who said it…Albert Einstein.  We know that Einstein was one of the greatest thinkers in recent history but a look at his early development and school career did not indicate the important work he would later achieve.  In fact, the rules, routines, and regurgitation of information at school led him to leave school at the age of 15. He did eventually complete his schooling but continued to struggle with the ways of the academic world.  Einstein believed that “Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited.”
 
One of the most important tasks that our current school system has is to move away from the factory model of education that Einstein endured (and some of us as well), to the development of schools where students are encouraged and have time to be curious.  Education is no longer about the regurgitation of information; we have Google for that.  Educators are tasked with providing a questioning environment.  We are working to develop citizens who are deep thinkers, who have the ability and feel the obligation to ask questions.  
 
When you hear about play based learning, think of a curious five-year-old you know. When you hear that high school students are running a greenhouse at school, think about the questions they may have had and how they discovered the answers.   The next time you are in one of our schools, take note of the ‘essential questions ‘posted on the white board, the collaborative small group work, the amount of student talk versus teacher talk, the level of activity in the room. Our classrooms are changing because our students’ and society’s needs are changing.  So let’s be curious!
 
“The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care much.  They are incurious.  Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”  Stephen Fry.