This week, in our second student-penned Wellbeing Hive Article, Year 8 student Austin Huang looks at why our school value of Curiosity is an important element of the Senior Boys Growing Good Men Program.
Curiosity is commonly regarded as a childish and naïve character trait- one that may not seem as profound as many of the other well-known traits that my peers may be speaking about today, but why is curiosity all that important?
If I were to ask you to think about the most successful figures from the past and present, a few individuals would immediately come to mind: Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk- you name it. These people are stereotypically referred to as geniuses, yet they all possess something in common- and yes, their main driving force is curiosity.
The Growing Good Men Program is a wonderful program offered at this school that emphasizes all the values that make up a St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar School student. Of the many values our school requires students to uphold, curiosity is one of the key values that is crucial to a good man for the future.
Believe it or not Curiosity is one of the VIA Character Strengths that falls under the category of Wisdom, along with the many other character strengths such as Creativity, Love of Learning, Perspective and Judgement. Individuals that are curious are usually interested in exploring new ideas and they are often trying to increase their existing knowledge whenever possible.
Studies have shown that those who have a curious mindsets have active minds, by continually exercising their minds through asking questions, as a result their mental capacity also increases. Asking questions may seem like a very trivial thing at first but it is a very essential skill. What makes questioning so hard is that we are always wondering whether the question we are asking is right or wrong. We want to save ourselves from being laughed at if the question sounds impractical. If you are going to take away one message from my article today- don’t be afraid to ask questions, it is alright to be curious. Your teachers, staff and peers are here to support you and even if you are incorrect there should be no uneasy feelings brought on by a supposedly unfeasible question. You’re just exercising your Strength – and your School Value – of Curiosity!