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What would school be like if Albert Einstein was your principal?
Einstein didn't like the schools he went to, how would he improve them?
It is often claimed that Einstein was a poor student who flunked math. This old story is false and Albert laughed after hearing about it. In fact, he had mastered calculus by high school and was able to understand the nearly incomprehensible philosophy of Immanuel Kant at age 13. Most adults I know can understand neither of those things.
It is true that he didn’t care for school, however. The Teutonic schools of his youth were all the opposites of what he needed. The strictness of the authorities, the regimental nature of the day, and the rote learning style clashed with his abstract genius and tendencies to daydream. While Einstein’s brilliance was able to survive this horrid environment, God only knows how many great minds didn’t.
Dr. Einstein had his own ideas on how education should be structured, as he explained in a speech given at The State University of New York in 1931.
What does the good doctor say?
He admits that the things he has to say are merely his opinion and that he is practically a layman when it comes to education. However, he also argues that an enterprise such as education requires more than specialists to accomplish and that his ideas might be worth hearing out.
As you might expect, he wanted a school with less standardization and rote learning and more general preparation for living and learning for the rest of your life. He believed firmly in the idea of using the educational system for the development of the individual as an autonomous critical thinker. In his speech he places the utmost importance on it, saying that “The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgment should always be placed foremost.”
In response to those who think education should be focused on technical training for later employment, he says simply, “If a young man has trained his muscles and physical endurance by gymnastics and walking, he will later be fitted for every physical work. This is also analogous to the training of the mind and of the mental and manual skill.” He then further objects to making schools job training programs with two retorts. “The demands of life are much too manifold to let such a specialized training in school appear possible” and “it seems to me, moreover, objectionable to treat the individual like a dead tool.”
Einstien playing the violin on route to America. Just because a person focuses on the natural sciences doesn't mean they shouldn't also study other subjects. (Getty Images)
He also has an eye towards the “learning by doing” method of John Dewey when he declares that, “The most important method of education accordingly always has consisted of the where the pupil was urged to actual performance.” For Einstein, concepts must be applied to be real. There is no pointing in learning multiplication tables if you can’t work out equations too. His view on education is, therefore, both geared towards the general development of the person and the practical application of the subject matter.
He expressed similar ideas in his political essay "Why Socialism?" where he argues for an education system that helps foster the individual that they might then be able to work for the betterment of all mankind.
Is there a method to this madness or is he just reacting to the harsh Germanic schools of his youth?
His motivations behind his support for this type of school system are too well thought out to be dismissed as reactions. In this speech as well as his political essay he expresses the need for education to help promote the common good, something which high functioning individuals who have been educated in a way that allows for critical thinking can do best. As the essay was written more than a decade after this speech was given, there seems to be lasting consistency in his thought.
While nearly everybody who attended school will have some opinion on how education might be improved, the opinions of a genius like Einstein might warrant a little more of our attention. Despite being a student of the sciences and the product of a very strict school system, Albert Einstein encourages us to gear our education system towards the development of the entire individual and not on just on the technical skills they need to find work. He also encourages us to avoid dull rote learning and robotic memorization.
If we are to take his advice or not is another question, but the supporters of a complete education may smile, knowing that they have Einstien on their side.
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Here's why you might eat greenhouse gases in the future.
- The company's protein powder, "Solein," is similar in form and taste to wheat flour.
- Based on a concept developed by NASA, the product has wide potential as a carbon-neutral source of protein.
- The man-made "meat" industry just got even more interesting.
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Image source: Solar Foods<p>Solar Foods makes Solein by extracting CO₂ from air using <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90356326/we-have-the-tech-to-suck-co2-from-the-air-but-can-it-suck-enough-to-make-a-difference" target="_blank">carbon-capture technology</a>, and then combines it with water, nutrients and vitamins, using 100 percent renewable solar energy from partner <a href="https://www.fortum.com" target="_blank">Fortum</a> to promote a natural fermentation process similar to the one that produces yeast and lactic acid bacteria.</p><p>When the company claims its single-celled protein is "free from agricultural limitations," they're not kidding. Being produced indoors means Solar Foods is not dependent on arable land, water (i.e., rain), or favorable weather.</p><p>The company is already working with the European Space Agency to develop foods for off-planet production and consumption. (The idea for Solein actually began at NASA.) They also see potential in bringing protein production to areas whose climate or ground conditions make conventional agriculture impossible.</p><p>And let's not forget all those <a href="https://www.bk.com/menu-item/impossible-whopper" target="_blank">beef-free burgers</a> based on pea and soy proteins currently gaining popularity. The environmental challenge of scaling up the supply of those plants to meet their high demand may provide an opening for the completely renewable Solein — the company could provide companies that produce animal-free "meats," such as <a href="https://www.beyondmeat.com/products/" target="_blank">Beyond Meat</a> and <a href="https://impossiblefoods.com" target="_blank">Impossible Foods</a>, a way to further reduce their environmental impact.</p>
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Image source: Solar Foods<p>The impact of the beef — and for that matter, poultry, pork, and fish — industries on our planet is widely recognized as one of the main drivers behind climate change, pollution, habitat loss, and antibiotic-resistant illness. From the cutting down of rainforests for cattle-grazing land, to runoff from factory farming of livestock and plants, to the disruption of the marine food chain, to the overuse of antibiotics in food animals, it's been disastrous.</p><p>The advent of a promising source of protein derived from two of the most renewable things we have, CO₂ and sunlight, <a href="https://solarfoods.fi/environmental-impact/" target="_blank">gets us out of the planet-destruction business</a> at the same time as it offers the promise of a stable, long-term solution to one of the world's most fundamental nutritional needs.</p>
Solar Foods' timetable<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTk0MTEzMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5OTU1OTMwMn0.wnXh56iO_77x2XKV2uIPf78BKw4AJLUpmiyq_JBVGvo/img.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=172%2C146%2C62%2C135&height=700" id="0297c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="125c9a98ec818f5c241fa28ef1423e67" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Image source: Lubsan / Shutterstock / Big Think<p>While company plans are always moderated by unforeseen events — including the availability of sufficient funding — Solar Foods plans a global commercial rollout for Solein in 2021 and to be producing two million meals annually, with a revenue of $800 million to $1.2 billion by 2023. By 2050, they hope to be providing sustenance to 9 billion people as part of a $500 billion protein market.</p><p>The project began in 2018, and this year, they anticipate achieving three things: Launching Solein (check), beginning the approval process certifying its safety as a Novel Food in the EU, and publishing plans for a 1,000-metric ton-per-year factory capable of producing 500 million meals annually.</p>
The protein powder Solein. Image source: SOLAR FOODS
SEAL training is the ultimate test of both mental and physical strength.
- The fact that U.S. Navy SEALs endure very rigorous training before entering the field is common knowledge, but just what happens at those facilities is less often discussed. In this video, former SEALs Brent Gleeson, David Goggins, and Eric Greitens (as well as authors Jesse Itzler and Jamie Wheal) talk about how the 18-month program is designed to build elite, disciplined operatives with immense mental toughness and resilience.
- Wheal dives into the cutting-edge technology and science that the navy uses to prepare these individuals. Itzler shares his experience meeting and briefly living with Goggins (who was also an Army Ranger) and the things he learned about pushing past perceived limits.
- Goggins dives into why you should leave your comfort zone, introduces the 40 percent rule, and explains why the biggest battle we all face is the one in our own minds. "Usually whatever's in front of you isn't as big as you make it out to be," says the SEAL turned motivational speaker. "We start to make these very small things enormous because we allow our minds to take control and go away from us. We have to regain control of our mind."
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