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Teaching Curiosity And Why It Matters

A new book by a longtime Vermont educator posits that curiosity might be the single most vital ingredient of an effective education - along with exploring the outside world, early and often. It's called: Wild Curiosity: How to Unleash Creativity and Encourage Lifelong Wondering.

We spoke with author Erik Shonstrom about the book. He currently teaches writing and rhetoric at Champlain College, but over his career he's taught students of all ages, and he says curiosity is important at any age.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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