NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Snapshots Chapter 4 Albert Einstein at School by Patrick Pringle updated for CBSE academic session 2022-23. Students of Class 11 English can take help in Supplementary Reader Chapter 4 using the study material and solutions given here.

What do you understand of Einstein’s nature from his conversations with his history teacher, his mathematics teacher and the head teacher?

The story begins with Albert and the history teacher arguing over their studies. The teacher is interested in making kids remember important dates of history, but Albert was keen in understanding reason behind specific war rather than remembering the dates. He wanted to do his studies in a creative way, so he preferred reading books on geology, despite knowing that its of no academic use, but teachers engaged pupils to patter like parrot just to get the diploma. Maths was one of Albert’s favorite subjects; he also had good marks in it and had good understanding with the teacher.

Therefore, the Maths teacher had also given him a written reference for easy enrollment at Milan Institute when he decided to leave Germany. Albert had a heated argument with the head teacher on the day Albert himself was about to tell him to leave the school. The head teacher told him that the rest of the students have not been able to study when he is around and they are expelling him from school and he is nothing but a disturbing element in the class.

The school system often curbs individual talents. Discuss.

As we read in the story, it is still going on in most of the Asian countries where children are asked to read everything from books in order to gain bookish knowledge. Western Countries on the other hand have adopted modern system of education. Modern education teaches about the skills required today that is the skills of science and technology, science of medical science etc. In addition to listening, the modern education includes writing, visualizing, imagining, and thinking skills.

It doesn’t just focuses on prominent academic disciplines of Commerce, Science and Arts but it also aims to foster critical thinking, life skills, value education, analytical skills and decision-making skills in students. Modern Education also makes use of the latest technology such as mobile applications, audio and video platforms like YouTube, Podcasts, E-books, Movies, etc. to educate learners and make the learning process more engaging and interesting.

Living in the 21st century, technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives. From chalkboards to whiteboards and now to smart boards, technology has become our main source of research, knowledge, and teaching. With this, students are getting a great deal. Children are going to use areas according to their skills and where they are interested. But wherever the school has not adopted technology-based studies, we not only see the lack in the skills of the children but also the backwardness of society. The basis of children’s mental development and skills is now the education being done through creativity.

How do you distinguish between information gathering and insight formation?

Thousands of information recorded in the pages of history can be taken from books which can be considered as gathering of information which is not required to be part of the curriculum but is often imposed on children. Such knowledge is purely theoretical which helps very little in real life. Insight information is the ability to understand a person or a situation very clearly. For example “Her books are full of perceptive insights into the human condition”.

As Albert said, it is not necessary to remember the dates of a war or how many soldiers were killed, but it is important to know the reason for the war. Such knowledge increases our logical reasoning, power of analysis interpretation and understanding and makes us think.

NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Snapshots Chapter 4