In many traditional educational environments children can feel discouraged from following through on their curiosity. They can be punished for asking “stupid” or the “wrong” questions. They are often also forced to learn about topics in which they are not interested and punished for asking about what they are genuinely curious about.
In Sudbury schools children are free to follow through on their curiosity. They ask how birds fly and google what fire is, and no one will tell them it’s time to learn about something else instead. They are free to explore the world’s many wonders. When people are allowed to be curious they are allowed to become competent individuals who understand the world in which they live.