Every year, millions of Australian children enter pre-primary schooling armed with one word: "Why?" They continuously ask questions in what seems like an unending loop. On the other side, parents, caretakers, and teachers do their best to come up with answers to manage this kiddie-inquisition. Behind every question lies another and another and another. This process is important for our children as their brains are busily creating pathways as they attempt to understand how things work. They are learning – and learning how to learn (metacognition).
Brain based research pinpoints that we have a curious scientific nature from the beginning of life but often something happens as we grow older and our curious nature starts to fade. We stop asking "why?" and lose our inner scientist. Today, the need for curious people has heightened. We are anticipating a future workforce who will need the skills of research – developing questions, investigating, prototyping and evaluating. We are at a critical time in our world with many global issues needing to be solved. To make a better world, our society needs people to ask questions, seek answers, and create solutions. As such, it's time to reconnect with curiosity again and nurture it in our children. Children who ask questions will become adults who continue to ask questions.