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October 1st, 2013
How to stop high school from stifling creativity
“Education is not the learning of facts,” said Albert Einstein, “but the training of the mind to think,” The Globe and Mail reports. Before his name became synonymous with scientific genius, Einstein was a teenager struggling to stay engaged in his secondary studies at Munich’s Luitpold Gymnasium, his creativity and passion nearly dashed by the rote learning style of his formal education. Thankfully, the world has changed dramatically over the century since, and educational approaches have changed with it. But have they changed enough? Could the next Einstein – or Curie or Banting or Hawking – be languishing in a high-school classroom right now, their intellectual potential stifled by the very system that is supposed to ignite it?