If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will very often learn without any further assistance. Children are natural learners. It’s a real achievement to put that particular ability out or to stifle it. […] but in place of nurturing curiosity, [our education system creates] a culture of compliance.
Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
Eleanor Roosevelt, “Preface” to The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt (1961), p. xix