Via Pacific Views, a great, short post from blogger Wandering Ink entitled “How to Prevent Another Leonardo da Vinci” that plays off Michael Gelb’s book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. The post describes how to squelch students’ creativity, drive, and critical thinking. Here’s a sampling:

This is how we kill each trait that may yield another Da Vinci:

1. Curiosita (from “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”)
What? Intense and insatiable curiosity; constantly learning due to a desire to ask and answer questions
The Murder: In schools, for the most part, students learn only what the teacher decides they will learn. Student questions will often go unanswered if they lead away from the material (go off-topic), or if there are time constraints on what must be learned that leave no time for these questions in class.

Snap! It’s almost like somebody took the how-to-prevent-a-da-vinci list from Wandering Ink’s blog and used it as the design specs for our educational system. The post was nominated for the 2007 EduBlog post of the year.