Sunday, March 21, 2010

Einstein Quote

"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."

After studying Einstein in my younger years I have learned that Albert Einstein was a trouble maker in school and commonly did not do his work using methods that were taught, or he did not do the work at all.  In fact Einstein thought that organized education was rather silly as it narrowed his ability to explore more areas of learning.  Einstein was a very bright kid and proved his genius later on in his life through studies in science, theology, and physics.  Einstein was never shy to take on challenges and to think out complicated thoughts and problems.  In fact he once said "It's not that I'm so smart , it's just that I stay with problems longer ."  I think that in Einstein's rare case school was not an opportunity to become very complex in thinking, but to learn more about the things that he knew that he didn't know that made him less ignorant and more driven to explore.  Obviously Einstein was frustrated with formal education and thought that it was a mere waste of his effort, but I do believe that school introduced him to concepts for that which he was able to deepen his studies and explore independently. 


  1. Great quote and great reflection!
    You sort of disagree with his attitude as you believe that there is something to learn from "formal education".
    What if you had the power to design a way of
    I wonder what your ideal school would look like?
    Would you have all subjects? Are some of teh courses "essential"?
    Would you have all AP courses with same exams for students across the globe?
    How much saying should a student have in designing their own education plan?
    I invite you to write another posting to explore these ideas.

  2. I agree with Mrs. Gende. I want to know what school would look like if you were in charge.