Todd, love this. This is at the heart of what I believe.
“I often wonder how many of Einstein’s proverbial fish were trying to climb trees during that time. How many more writers and inventors and actors and poets could there have been? How many talents left untapped and abilities left un-accessed?
How many children thought themselves failures because they dared believe self-expression might matter more than equations?”
In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson stated in his TED Talk:
We are watching “a process of academic inflation.”
Todd, I have never heard the Einstein quote used so eloquently. Also never was aware of the quote from Ken Robinson’s TED Talk.
The world is transforming with these insights being shared and gaining traction! Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to read your new book!
As a parent that has raised for kids, I have lost confidence in the established system and what it has to offer.
It doesn’t mean my kids didn’t excel by adhering to the platform of success in place. Two graduated from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. Our third child will be a freshman at Michigan State this fall. We are grappling with our fourth. He is brilliant and detests the system.
I loved when my daughter that graduated from Michigan at age 12 said, “You all laugh at me because I am different. I laugh at you because you are all the same”.
All the kids went to Montessori through 6th grade. I see this as their saving grace in their educational paths. Not to mention great conversations at home and with others about what it really means to live and be a contribution in life.