The first question most children ask is why? This simple question holds much power, for inquiry is about much more than yes and no answers. It is about discovery, asking and re-asking, synthesizing, and evaluating until we can reach an answer that resembles something close to the truth. Inquiry is more than merely an act; it is a value. It is important not to get caught up on the answers but to focus on the questions, for with questions comes understanding, regardless of the solution.
This natural inquisitiveness is apparent at birth; it is not something which needs to be taught. It can, however, be prohibited by many, as inquiry and exploration are risky – they open us up, broaden our understanding of the world, and lead to change. Children growing in an environment of unconditional trust are inclined to explore and ask questions.