As an extra credit assignment for my students summative assessment test I instructed them to write an open-ended paragraph to the question: “What is the purpose of seeking knowledge.” Days prior to offering this extra credit assignment I found myself perplexed by the thought ‘what is the point of seeking knowledge.’ I mentally debated myself; learn more, more understand more, accomplish more….and then what/for what? I knew that for the most part, the more knowledge you acquire the more it can enhance the quality of your life but then I countered my own argument with the reality that some people can have very enjoyable lives despite the fact that the are ignorant and may dwell in a perceived state of poor quality. I knew of many examples of people who externally seem as though they were happy due to the fact that they laughed and joke all day, despite being poor and uneducated and I knew many intellectuals who were bitter and unpleasant. So the next step I took towards understanding this philosophical anomaly was to Google ‘knowledge’. After reading on Wikipedia that “there is no single agreed definition of knowledge presently, nor any prospect of one, and there remain numerous competing theories”, I then became even more confused. So I decided to listen to what my 12th grade High School students thought about the question. As I expected I received over 60 simple –minded answers. I read many of the oft-recurring quotes that we all heard as students growing up, such as “knowledge is power”, “the more you know the more you grow”. This confirmed to me that school does not teach the answer to this question nor does it provide much insight into seeking towards understanding it. What do you think?