The importance of being curious

Curiosity is one of three core values at my school because my team of teachers truly believe that it will help our students to develop their character.  We want our children to ‘stay with problems longer’ out of internal motivation and natural curiosity.  We want them to hold on to their curiosity as we believe that this will ensure a very happy and rewarding life.

Every day we listen and watch as we are asked endless questions.  The most famous childhood question is ‘why’ and although the amount of ‘why’ questions seem endless some days, it is the brain’s way of figuring out the world.  There has been a lot of debate over the past few years about the terms gifted and more-abled and what they actually mean in terms of intellect and ability. We do know that children who excel are the ones who are constantly asking questions.   At Falcons Pre-Prep we are always encouraging our students to ask why, to wonder about a new topic and to show curiosity towards their passions and interests.

I came across an interesting article from ‘Great Minds and How to Grow Them’ by Wendy Berliner & Deborah Eyre that summarizes the debate on the concept of intellect and throughout the piece, the word that kept coming up when describing people who have exceeded in life was curiosity.  My favourite quote from the article states “Einstein, the epitome of a genius, clearly had curiosity, character and determination. He struggled against rejection in early life but was undeterred. Did he think he was a genius or even gifted? No. He once wrote: “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.””