Bad students often comfort themselves by this myth; after all, Albert Einstein, greatest physicist to have ever lived, failed maths too!… Or did he?
In reality, young Einstein was everything else but stupid. Although he was generally less interested in sport and foreign languages than most of his peers, he had easily mastered differential and integral calculus before he even reached 15. In addition, he never failed school and easily managed to get into the university.
Although his teachers often considered Einstein a bad student, it was only because of his unacceptable opinions on some forms of education.”Elementary school teachers seemed to me as drill sergeants, and high school teachers as lieutenants”, he later wrote. Only for that and for his contempt for war and military service(“Man who joyfully marches to music in rank and row has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, because for him just the spinal cord would fully suffice.”), he was not a good student in eyes of some people.