Curiosity In Education

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Education is an ambiguous term that is frequently debated but rarely defined. To American lawmakers, education is simply a matter of funding and curriculum. Many school boards across the United States have decided that education is best administered through student compliance and frequent testing. However, these perspectives fail to address the most important aspect of education: the student. Because the hallmark of an educated person is their need to acquire knowledge, one must create an environment that is conducive to learning in order to educate. The need to be independent and the desire to constantly improve are crucial components of an educated person. In his book about drive, Daniel Pink notes, “Control leads to compliance; autonomy …show more content…
An educated person is curious and wants to learn for the sake of acquiring knowledge. Ken Robinson, an international advisor on education, states, “Curiosity is the engine of achievement.” It is the force that causes people to aspire to greatness. Because people are curious, they want to learn. This curiosity is not limited to academic matters. An educated person has an inquisitive nature that causes them to question everything. They are never satisfied with what they already know. Curiosity provides the motivation that is intrinsic to educated …show more content…
Some people believe that even with effort, intelligence cannot be augmented (“entity theory”); other people reason that with time and effort, intelligence levels can be raised (“incremental theory”) (Pink 121). Although both of these attitudes can lead to academic success, an educated person aligns with the second attitude. As previously mentioned, a person who is educated has a strong need to learn. With the first attitude, learning is impossible because intelligence cannot be changed. As a result, an educated person cannot subscribe this theory. The second attitude encourages growth, dedication, and diligence because there is a possibility for improvement. These qualities are imperative in the acquisition of

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