UNION — As a discipline of studying and understanding the way the world and the universe works science is neither difficult or boring, just ask Albert Einstein.
Einstein, whose theory of relativity became one of the pillars of modern physics and changed humanity’s understanding of the structure of the universe, once said that “joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”
As a scientist, Einstein, of course, saw science as the means of experiencing the joy of looking at and comprehending the universe. He also believed that this was open to anyone, whether a trained scientist or not, because “most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.”
One of the places to start learning those simple, fundamental ideas and, through them, experiencing the joy of nature’s most beautiful gift, is in science class at school and that’s just what students at Foster Park Elementary School have been doing.
An example of this featuring third grade students in Mrs. Jan Ivey’s class was provided in a press release issued by the school which states that the students “enjoy studying science.”
Those students featured in the picture accompanying this story — Mason Gregory, Leearia Trowell, Harrison Ouzts, and Kenya Scott-Gist — like many potential young scientists before them, including, no doubt, Einstein when he was in school, conduct science experiments in class and observe the results of those experiments learning from them.
That the students enjoy studying science is a testament to the truth Einstein expressed both about the joy of looking and comprehending and about the essential simplicity of the fundamental ideas of science. No doubt their enjoyment of science is also a tribute to the efforts of their teacher, something Einstein pointed to when he said “it is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative knowledge and expression.”
Whether they are teaching science, reading, history, math, writing, or the arts such as music, may all our teachers demonstrate that art and awaken the joy in creative knowledge and expression in all their students and may they always do so. Their students will excel in the classroom and in life and the world will be a better place because of those teachers and the joy of comprehension they helped instill in those young minds.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.