Hungry for Ideas (via Musings of a Middle School Arts Teacher)

February 17, 2011 at 6:50 PM Leave a comment

“Albert Einstein had quite a lot to say about education and learning. His opinions may be based on the fact that his grades in school were so poor that a teacher told him he would never amount to much and he dropped out of school at age 15. He later said, “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” There are so many examples of great thinkers being told by their teachers they would fail. The very people at the heart of the education institution have misidentified some of the greatest minds in history. Isaac Newton faired poorly in grade school and also failed at running the family farm. Ludwig van Beethoven’s music teacher once said, “As a composer, he is hopeless.” As a child Thomas Edison’s teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade. It seems obvious to us in hind site these teachers were mistaken. They noticed a child thinking differently and labeled the child as “wrong thinking”. We are so often quick to judge the flexible mind. It is, somehow, easier to call a child ‘slow’ when they might be thinking so fast we are unable to keep up with them. Let’s encourage these crazy ideas and look for ways to make our teaching relevant. As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

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That is part of an incredible post shared by SallyA that I just loved reading. There is so much truth to this! I highly suggest reading this post, and letting her know your ideas. While you are at it, let ME know your ideas and let’s start a friendly, open discussion. Sharing ideas shares growth.

Hungry for Ideas What education in general has been saying to our students is: "You're here to learn about your culture but not impact it."  But the progressive educator is saying to his students, "Go out and make a statement, make a difference, interpret,  inspire and elucidate!"  The mentor is all about inspiring his students to make an impact.  Albert Eins … Read More

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