As we approach Albert Einstein’s birthday, I started thinking about him as one of my inspirational heroes. He was a great mind, to be sure, and changed the way science and the rest of us look at our world. But he’s my hero because of his creativity and attitude toward life. Here are some my favorite quotes (although not everyone agrees he said them all):
We believe that creativity and imagination are needed even more in today’s digital, uncertain and rapidly changing world. Einstein said:
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere.”
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
For too long we have rewarded the children who know the right answers instead of celebrating curiosity, perseverance and commitment. Einstein said:
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
“I have no special talent. I am just passionately curious.”
We focus on helping each child understand and develop his natural talents and appreciate the diversity of us all. Einstein said:
“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”
And most importantly:
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
We as parents and teachers are committed to discovering and nurturing that genius in us all.
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
Who are your heroes? Share them with your kids!
PS. If you’d like more about Einstein and science, I loved reading E = mc2 : A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis.