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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.

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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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  • Anne N

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    Dec 31 2012: Personally, I feel that education does limit curiosity. Education limits curiosity by determining the subjects (often fixed and taught in uninteresting manners) that a student has to pass in order to graduate as well as the way in which students have to succeed.

    I have friends who have interests in subject areas other than what is taught in school. They try their best to do well in the subjects given to them but they fail to do so due to a lack of passion and/or drive. Imagine studying subjects that you cannot grasp or have no interest in for years. It is true that knowing how to take advantage of what education offers is a skill but from my experience, it is not a skill that can be grasped by all.

    Where does that leave the people who have passion in other areas but have their curiosity restrained? They are deemed as failures in an education system that never allowed for creativity in the first place, only rigorous standards of the "right" way to do things and the "wrong" way.

    Although it might be near impossible for schools to offer subjects that appeal to the interests of all students, I suggest that schools could be open to students' learning styles instead of limiting the way they succeed. For example, instead of demanding that all students churn out essays about topics, students could choose to act out their topic or make a video about it.

    Another factor in teaching is the passion of the teacher. In my opinion, a good teacher is one that not only has passion in teaching but who has experience in the related field. Only then can he/she give good examples of what he/she is teaching and interest the students in the subject's real world applications.

    These days, almost everyone thinks that there are certain paths to success and that to step off these paths is to earn little money and more likely than not, fail. I am also trying my best to walk off this path of thinking but it isn't easy as I have values of conformity inculcated in me already.

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