Happy Friday Dear Readers,
What do you think of the above quote? Do you agree or disagree? Does it have any meaning to you?
What it instantly made me think of is our educational system, especially in the elementary school years. At no other time in one’s life is a person supposed to be good at everything. Say, for instance, a young student is proficient in mathematics and science. Do we praise that student, and encourage his/her passion for the Sciences? No, too often we focus on the student’s not-as-great showing in Art and English, and encourage him to bring up those grades to match the others.
In university and college, we’re finally allowed to specialize. And as adults, we’re rarely–if ever–expected to be good at everything. So why do we put that kind of pressure on children? I’ve never understood it. Rare among us are those who are equally strong in both the left and right sides of the brain. As adults, we recognize that rarity, and often refer to those who are as “Renaissance men” (or women).
As a kid, I excelled in creative thinking. Anything that allowed my imagination to take flight was an instant hit, so as you can imagine, I did well in English, Art, and even Social Studies, where I expressed my knowledge of medieval history by building a castle–can’t get more fun than that! By comparison, Math was “boring” and could not hold my interest long enough for me to get a handle on it. Instead, I wrote plays in Math class until I was forced by well-meaning parents to focus on the one subject that wasn’t my forte.
It wasn’t until I got a bit older that I found it strange. Sure, I agree we all have to know the basics. But why force a fish to climb a tree? I may know my times tables by heart, but I would never have gone into a math-related field in any case. It just wouldn’t make sense.
How about you, Dear Readers? What do you take from Einstein’s quote? And if you disagree with him, feel free to say so!
Have a great weekend, and thanks, as always, for being here.
Thanks to my dear friend Joce for supplying the quote for today’s exercise.