intellectual curiosity

There are two kinds of educational experience you can have in college. One is passive and one is active. In the first, you are a little bird in the nest with your beak stretched open wide, and the professor gathers up all the information you need and drops it down your gullet. You may feel god about this—after all, you are passionately waiting for your information—but your only role is to accept what you are given. To memorize facts and later repeat them for a test might get you a good grade, but it’s not the same thing as baby bird--12having intellectual curiosity. In the second kind, you are taught how to find the information, and how to think about it, for yourself. You learn how to question and to engage. You realize that one answer is not enough and that you have to look at as many sources as are available to you so that you can piece together a larger picture – “Fact vs. Fiction” by Ann Patchett in her book of essays: This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

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