an art piece by Sister Corita Kent that says 'Open Wide'

This is how our brains should be when it comes to learning and curiosity: open wide.

Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

Curious is our natural state. Uncurious is a learned behavior, typically inflicted by standardized systems.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher: Pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

For me, curiosity isn’t just the end game. Learning isnt done solely for enjoyment. But because I enjoy sharing stuff I find interesting with others. A means of connection.

It's phenomenal, isn't it, that we teach kids so much stuff that is so unbelievably useless to them in the rest of their lives an we don't teach them anything that is actually kind of useful in terms of the psychology. So you think, well we know this stuff about resilience and relationships and happiness and all these important topics, and, yet, it's still a very fact based curriculum to do with geography and history and this sort of thing. There's all these life skills that, for the most part, we don't teach to kids.

Learning and teaching are not cause and effect. They are two sides of the same coin. One cannot happen without the other. And each individual involved in the knowledge transfer need to be doing both at once.

"You teach kids how to succeed when they successfully foil the educational system."

Ask a question. Seek an answer. Share what you find.

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

So, what are you curious about? And what can you teach others?

Sister Corita Kent's 10 Rules for Students and Teachers typewritten on a sheet of paper


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