118 years ago, on the 16th of March 1905, Albert Einstein published his work on the Quantum Theory of Light. This concept challenged the existing understanding of light and paved the way for numerous technological innovations, including lasers, solar cells and LED lighting. It was one of four papers he published that year and it was the one that ultimately led him to be awarded the Nobel prize for Physics in 1922.
In addition to his scientific contributions, Einstein was also a passionate advocate for social justice and peace. He spoke out against war and violence and was a supporter of civil rights and equality. He was a vocal critic of racism and discrimination and used his platform as a public figure to promote tolerance and understanding.
So what can we learn from Einstein? Einstein is an excellent example of how children with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia can thrive and make significant contributions to the world. Einstein struggled with dyslexia throughout his childhood but he was able to overcome these obstacles through creativity, perseverance and unconventional thinking.
Einstein’s learning differences allowed him to see the world in a unique way and he was able to use his innovative thinking to make ground breaking contributions to science. He described himself as a visual thinker, relying on images and imagination rather than words and equations to solve problems.
Einstein’s experiences highlight the importance of recognising and valuing the strengths and talents of children with learning differences. His achievement in science and his contributions to society were made possible by his creativity, curiosity and determination. SEND children can also achieve great things by embracing their strengths and talents, and by persevering in the face of challenges.
In conclusion, Albert Einstein’s experiences with dyslexia and his unconventional approach to problem-solving can serve as an inspiration to SEND children and their teachers. By recognizing and valuing their strengths and providing the right support, we can help them achieve their full potential and succeed in life in whichever field they choose.
Mrs M Langdon
Interim Headteacher – Boys’