“The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” Albert Einstein
SEL Connection: Life often pits two type of people against each other. There are the dreamers who live comfortably thinking about a world not yet created. Then there are the ‘down to earth’ ones who can’t view things abstractly but must see them in the present to believe they are true. Students organize themselves along a continuum between these two extremes. Students often battle in group projects where the dreamers sit back and pontificate about where the group should end up, and meanwhile the more practical types just want to get started with a clear plan! This divergence of personalities often causes profound conflicts which lead to frustrations big and small. Navigating through these frustrations is not easy but it’s crucial to their future success in the workforce
(1) Claim: Dreamers get a bad rap. That’s probably because when most people think of dreamers, they think of someone staring off into space detached from reality unable to function, destined for disappointment. Einstein has quite a different perspective. Dreamers have power. They see a world not yet visible and are able to shape reality towards that vision that only they can see. This is a power that goes beyond the powers of knowing things for sure. Certainty limits our imagination.
(2) Counterclaim: But there’s also great power that comes from knowing things for certain. Because if you know things, then you’re able to understand and control them towards your own purpose. Not only that, you are able to communicate much easier with people since you are working with tangible pieces of evidence that others understand and that you can show them. Thus, knowing things gives you a power that is infinitely more important than power you get from simply dreaming about something.
(3) Essential Question: Which people are more important in our society—those with knowledge or those with dreams?