Google recently released a great short video (see below) about the value of curiosity and questioning, partly in honor of Budapest-based educator Erno Rubik on the 40th anniversary of his Rubik’s Cube (created by him in 1974; released to the public in the 1980s), but also a call to nurture the next generation of “scientists, engineers, artists, designers, inventors, or something no one’s ever been before… but you can bet we’re going to need.”
I didn’t know this about Erno Rubik, but he’s obviously a card-carrying Master Questioner. In the video Rubik says something that will sound familiar to anyone reading my book:
Knowledge is a habit. Sometimes there’s a limit to having new ideas. That’s the problem with the old schooling. Because they were teaching answers. I believe that questions today are probably more important today than the answers.
Google’s video goes on to make the point that the Cube is more than a puzzle or a toy. As they say, “Erno’s cube is a question waiting to be answered. And when the right person finds the right question something amazing happens.” They also point to a few more “beautiful questions” for me to add to my list.
The message to all of us: “Help kids fall in love with problem-solving.”
If you’re a question aficionado, as I am, watch this video and smile: