I love this quote from Albert Einstein: "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." I am currently working on updating and revising our History of Science study and as I read the biographies of so many amazing scientists this statement rings true. ALL of the scientists who made amazing breakthrough discoveries or invented things that revolutionized our lives were passionately curious people. Often they lacked educational credentials, were ridiculed, faced overwhelming obstacles, but their curiosity and need for answers pushed them forward again and again. Some of them, like Einstein, were even declared to be stupid dullards! As parent-educators I think that knowing this can be really reassuring. When our children and students are struggling it's important to keep a larger perspective. Struggle in and of itself is not a bad thing. It's character building and all of these passionately curious people I'm reading about struggled greatly. They fought to overcome naysayers, countless setbacks, financial challenges, failed ideas, and much more. The Wright brothers were great thinkers but their strongest character trait was an unrelenting stick-to-it attitude. Despite countless defeats, injuries, mockers, and more, Orville and Wilbur would not let anything stand in the way of their need to achieve flight.
Here's some past entries you may have missed on curiosity and the importance of struggle.
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