Curiosity is an efficient catalyst for the success of every adventure, every acquisition whether it be a new subject or a skill. The dictionary defines curiosity as a strong desire to know or learn something. Now we are living in a century where everything is fast-moving. Each day when we wake up we have a feeling that our world is going to be turned upside down with the snap of a finger. Such is the swiftness of development happening around us. The unpredictability of the events that we have to face today is evident from the emergence and rapid spread of novel coronavirus. So in a world that is unpredictable and swift, we must ask ourselves the question “Are we curious enough to tackle the challenges of the new era???
When we go behind searching for the history of great inventions, we can see one thing in common; almost all of them had been driven simply by curiosity. Curiosity can be considered as the eldest of all learning. Childhood is a phase where kids are immensely curious they ask a lot of questions. When we were young we asked a lot of ‘WHYS’ that always irritated our parents. But somewhere along the crooked alleys of our education system that questioning ability was lost. We are making our kids think within a strict structure that is given invisible boundaries. The structure of our education system is so rigid that there is no adequate space for creativity and innovation. We must make our education system student-friendly by giving them enough time to pursue their interests.
Developing the skill of curiosity we can change the way we perceive things and develop a deeper sense of empathy with others. Human beings think rationally and deeply about something only when their curiosity is triggered. A person who nurtures curiosity in their mind will try to learn new things more easily and adapt to new situations in a constructive manner. People will get a deeper understanding of their abilities and find their own ways to solve the problems. When they are allowed to be curious, they tend to be more successful and produce more results in their workplace or school. Companies like Google and Facebook have seen this potential in their employees and are hence providing them with a more liberal work environment.
With the advent of the mechanized workforce, there arises a big question. Why we need the human workforce? A robot can do everything that a human can do. But scientists have not yet been able to include I them, the skills of empathy or creativity which are generated from curiosity. So we should teach our kids not to be as rigid as machines but as compassionate and creative as human beings. The machines after all never ask why and because of this, we have an edge over the machines. At times we think that communication or professionalism is more important than curiosity. But today it’s high time we must change that perception and give more importance to curiosity. Generating curiosity within a generation who are ready to go with the flow could be a real challenge but realize you just have to ignite that fire of curiosity that has gone to sleep and it will set ablaze.
Nurturing curiosity in children
- Encourage them to be unique
Every child should realize that it’s great to be unique and special in their own way. You don’t have to be one among the flock of the same feather that society wishes to see in them.
- Nurture their creativity
Parents should ensure that their talents and creativity are discovered at an early age so that they can reach their full potential as they grow. Explore their creativity and encourage them to help reach their zenith.
- Support their innovations
Whatever be the innovation from a small leaf hat to software support them with your whole heart. Not everyone is going to shine at schools but do realize that their talents lay elsewhere, explore and help them succeed.
- Motivate the habit of asking questions
We know how young kids pester us with questions but be patient and answer them till they are content. This develops an internal motivation within them to keep on asking questions.
- Generate a curiosity in day to day activities
From a very young age always be conscious to give activities that will increase or promote their curiosity like the building blocks and story cubes. As they grow your imagination and intelligence should also merge to provide them with the age-appropriate games and activities that generate or increases their curiosity.
- Appreciate their interests
We as parents would have weaved a yarn of dreams about our kids but don’t forget to give priority to their interests. Realize what your kids want the most and how good they are at it, then help them pursue their interests.
- Facilitate their pursuit
Always be that person who is going to be there, to back them up, to hold them when they fall and to lift them up step by step. Whatever they are fighting for, trying to achieve be there to fight alongside them.
Thus, let’s be the generators, nurturer, and promoters of curiosity within our kids and vow to be curios ourselves in each and every activity that we pursue. According to Karen Stephens, director of Illinois State University Child Care Centre “Helping children learn to satisfy curiosity through exploration is one of the best skills you’ll ever nurture.” So let’s help our kids to keep that curious enthusiasm within them forever.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
– Albert Einstein