Questions are essential in education, but there are some who rarely ask them. This disposition shows a profound lake of curiosity. Curiosity is what opens us to the attraction of questions. Curiosity is closely akin to freedom. Curiosity is the mind acting with its own sense of self-determination-- confident that it is safe in its own leisure.
Curiosity is more important in education than fear because we were born for freedom and not slavery. Everything that we fear in life while eventually sink into the sands of time, particularly death and taxes, and everything that is beautiful and lovely is not only eternal but will delight our souls with its pregnant meaning.
Education is exhausting without curiosity. To stretch a young mind to do great things is a huge endeavor. A young mind often is bound to the small world that it is familiar with. Yet, to draw it out and help it see what is truly worth knowing in human history requires a large amount of reading and reflection. Using fear and warnings about future income levels will never inspire a child beyond the lowest levels of mediocrity. The fight against small mindedness is a desperate fight and demands we bring in the big guns: curiosity.
The master educator is skilled at presenting an issue in the terms that naturally show why it is so worthy of our curiosity. Difficult questions abound in life. We actually need to conduct ourselves very carefully if we are going to successfully obscure the curious in life.