Why we should never tell a kid to stop asking questions

What do Steve Jobs, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, VMWare’s Diane Greene, Belkin’s Chet Pipkin, Google’s Sergei Brin and Larry Page and many other inventors have in common? 


Inquisitiveness and the ability to ask questions. 

Now why are some people inclined to ask more questions than others? 

Little Bets book by Peter Sims offers the following answer:

“If you look at four-year-olds, they are constantly asking questions and wondering how things work. […] But by the time they are six and a half years old they stop asking questions because they quickly learn that teachers value the right answers more than provocative questions.”

This explanation raises serious concerns about our education system. One suggested approach to that problem is:

“The Montessori learning method […] emphasizes self-directed student learning, particularly for young children. Well known Montessori alums include Google’s founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page, who credit their Montessori education as a major factor behind their success, [and Amazon’s] Jeff Bezos[…]”
(source: Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries )