“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ― Albert Einstein
Computers, science and mathematics are the big focus in education right now. They are necessary…but they aren’t everything.
I want to take a moment to pause and point to what I think is the vital ingredient in the development and education of all children: the imagination.
Albert Einstein, no slouch when it comes to scientific intelligence, made the bold statement above. For him, imagination was more important than knowledge. In interviews regarding how he developed his theories, Einstein often referred to the mental pictures his imagination created to test his theories. It is well noted that a picture if himself chasing a beam of light helped propel the development of the theory of relativity.1
It was Einstein’s imagination that fueled his pursuit of scientific truth.
Where might your child’s imagination lead them?
We need math and science and computers. We need people that understand the human body, who can code the next great application, who can develop the next great tech.
But we need imagination more. It is the place that great ideas come from, and we need to encourage our kids to create, to work their imagination muscle.
We need people who can dream up solutions to the problems that we face and that we will face. The imagination is the place that happens.