Curiosity vs. Curriculum

In a classroom, when 30 students each have good questions, 29 of them will be frustrated. In fact, they may all be frustrated, since teachers are bound by the curriculum to march endlessly onward in a very particular direction. But students' curiosity tends to go in directions for which teachers have not planned. In today's schools, teachers' plans are pre-ordained. The curriculum dictates the teacher's plan. The plan, not the individual ideas or questions of the student, dictates how the lesson proceeds. Curiosity and curriculum are antithetical concepts.

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