"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). What if I told you this was true? What if I told you that not everything we are taught in school is true? What if I told you that our school does not even teach us true math and science? This may sound absurd, especially coming from me, but the answers to all of these questions is yes. Furthermore, every year more and more students are turning their backs to many rewarding career fields because of how our school system misrepresents them. Public schools need to implement creativity and free thinking into their curriculum, without these concepts students will be stunted intellectually and will not have the skills needed to be successful in the real world.
Nothing in this universe can be proven absolutely true. Not even any of the "facts" that I'm going to share with you can be proven absolutely true. Many supposed facts have been proven wrong over the course of history. For example, it was once believed that the Earth was the center of the universe. It was later proven by Copernicus that it wasn't (Rabin). Recently it has been proven that it is! Though, any point in the universe is the center because of expansion due to dark matter. On the subject of dark matter there is a misconception in most chemistry books that says the universe is composed mostly of atoms. It has been "proven" now that the universe is composed of dark matter and dark energy. The truth is always changing, consequently it doesn't exist or is unattainable. The one thing we can rely on though is our minds to make up a better approximation of the truth to be more fitting to our observations.
I what i’m trying to say is curiosity and imagination are far more important than education. Education is merely a tool. This tool can’t always get the job done correctly and often has to be fixed or replaced entirely. Curiosity though breeds new concepts and innovation; it is a fabricator of tools, the key to the future, the light in our world of uncertainty. I'm not saying that you shouldn't get an education. I'm just saying that without creativity and independent thinking you won't be able to use your education to its full potential.
There are many success stories of people who embraced creativity and kept their minds open. Sir Isaac Newton invented Calculus while his school was shut down due to the plague. ("A Brief History of Calculus"). After Steve Jobs dropped out of college, he founded Apple. Albert Einstein, a person who didn't do well elementary and secondary school, challenged many of the generally accepted scientific notions of the day. These people changed the world not with not only their education, but with their minds.
Sadly this is not the case for most of America‘s youth. Our youth is being held back and frustrated to...