Putting Einstein first: It’s time to stop lying to our children about physics
Then, in the body:
Isaac Newton is a physics icon, but he was wrong.
Newton was wrong? Einstein was right?
Shifting one’s mindset from a Newtonian to an Einsteinium paradigm is no easy task.
Now, it’s pretty easy to get critical, thus the temptation call out Newton as ‘wrong’. In everyday human experience his laws work perfectly fine. The realities of general and special relativism only come into play in situations that do not affect me and you as we try to get by in the environment which is Earth.
Sure, Einstein’s discoveries and later quantum physics discoveries have help scientists and engineers create some lovely, and terrifying, technological applications, which we do use. But seriously, school is not the place to start with an understanding of the laws of nature by starting with the theories of relativity and quantum physics.
Einstein himself admitted he stood on the shoulders of giants. And, like any mere mortal mind, we need to climb the well established pathways leading to the higher realms of understanding.
I was once a teacher of high school Physics. In my opinion, Galileo is a good starting point for school-age learners of physics.
Now, I contemplate how our species might address the more pertinent issues such as, what is the human carrying capacity of this planet? And, how do we stop the psychopaths from being able to rise to such positions of power that they manage to fool us into blindly heading along a pathway that defies all known laws of nature?
Again, we must take the necessary steps upwards upon the path of knowledge set in stone by the giants of our ancestry.
We know who they are.