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Lorenzo Ciacciavicca

Filmmaker/Director, Roots & Routes International

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Education kills Curiosity.

Other than destroying personality and oppress people - education is eliminating Curiosity in children and youngsters. Growing up in this society the way Ken Robinson described in his talk "Bring on the learning evolution" is - as he says - in line with the industrial and capitalist system promoting a linear thought. This system which is completely based on consume offers in my opinion an education which is linear in the sense of allowing people to ignore what they are doing and what's the system about. The thing that should be the base of education is curiosity, which allows everybody to understand the connections and focus on the questions "How?" and "Why?". Which is the opposite of the way Capitalism teaches you how to think.

Curiosity is the thing that would change that "linear" into "organic", that would fulfill all the needs of one person to think of what he wants and to take his decisions. To grow real and to be able to go different directions at the same time. And strangely curiosity is the base of what is missing completely into Education. And not only missing, it gets killed.


Closing Statement from Lorenzo Ciacciavicca

A big topic where a lot of people are on one side and others on the other side. Maybe this shows the importance of personal experience. A sign which says that most of the people cannot separate good things they had from the ones that slightly helped them to reach the good things? Or that maybe educational system if it is well considered can hide its problematics a bit?

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    Dec 31 2012: Many schools and teachers do a fantastic job of tapping into students' curiosity and showing them content and ideas that become a rich addition to the material on which they may draw for their creative undertakings, projects, and self-directed further learning. Knowing how to take advantage of what education offers is a highly valuable skill and the disposition to do so is a blessing.
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      Dec 31 2012: Yes this is true. Or better, it is half true. The potentials that teachers have to "tap into students' curiosity" it is not completely used from most of them. Well, some of them may do a good work, but the educational system I was talking about doesn't allow them to move in every kind of directions. Not allowing them to go into every direction is like giving some boundaries which make impossible for them to do anything really. A programme that is decided from a commission that usually works at national level will always uniform people between themselves, so personal curiosity gets very limited. You can do that if you are strong as a "student", or I would call it "person", but even if you are a strong teacher maybe the way you could do something is not working with the rest of the limits they give you.
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        Dec 31 2012: I don't think that allowing students in the pre-college grades to move "in every kind of direction" should be the goal. Education should, rather, give students a strong foundation for pursuing a broad range of directions, but attempting to expose students to every subject probably means not allowing them to achieve a level of basic competency in any.

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