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We have a duty to nurture curiosity in the young

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23.05.2020

By Johanna Urquhart

WHEN we were young, we asked “wonderment” questions all the time: “Why is the sky blue?”, “How does electricity work?”, “How big is space?”. Gradually most young people switch from asking this type of wonderment question to asking questions like: “Why do I have to know this?” and “Why do I have to be in at 10pm when all my friends get to stay out later?”.

What is the reason for that change – is it because young people get less curious about the world around them or is it because they are conditioned by the responses they get from the adults around them? How many of us have either heard, or said ourselves as parents or teachers, “because it just is” or “because it’s in the exam”.

As we get older, we become more and more willing to accept the easy answer. We don’t want to........

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