“Curiosity is something that goes from the inside out, not the other way around – and it exists before you have experience.” – Moshe Feldenkrais
Think about your best teachers? Weren’t they the ones who indulged your innate curiosity? The ones who let you explore the areas of a subject that called to you (and in the process required you to know more about the subject as a whole)?
Yes, there may be a curriculum, a general knowledge that speaks to being educated. But how that knowledge is imparted – that is where the rubber hits the road. The truly great teachers are those who know how to ignite the spark of curiosity in their students; then sit back and watch as the students approach the subject with a hunger to learn more.
The recitation of facts and figures does little to whet the imagination. But make a subject relevant – therein lies the key to worlds of learning.