Curiosity

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."

~Albert Einstein

Curiosity

"Interest leading to Inquiry "

Merriam-Webster, n.d.

Curiosity breeds innovation. Innovation creates a better world. Tackling societies greatest problems demands curious individuals who think creatively and seize upon novel experiences. After all, Albert Einstein didn't just wake up one morning with his theory of relativity.

 

Einstein famously said, "The important thing is to not stop questioning". Asking questions is key to developing an inquiring mind, and Einstein is the perfect example. Einstein's Theory of Relativity began with a simple question: “What if I rode a beam of light across the universe?” This one question changed science and humankind as we know it, and it all stems from curiosity. 

 

As an educator in the 21st century, I am witness to the degrading effects a high-stakes standardized testing environment has on curiosity in the classroom. This is why finding ways to include inquiry in all aspects of the school day is more important than ever. This in itself requires curiosity by not allowing the structures of modern schooling to reduce learning to mere memorization. I am incredibly optimistic about the future of education because curiosity is something that can never be taken away. By remaining curious and embracing novel thinking, anyone has the power to improve the well-being of others and make the world a better place. Think outside the box, and never be afraid to ask questions.