By Queen Esther
Albert Einstein was by no means a bad student - even if that is always told.
For every student who struggles with his grades, it may sound comforting: even Albert Einstein, the epitome of genius, should have been a bad student. Ironically, in physics, the later Nobel laureate had a smooth "six" in the high school diploma.
But the story, which many like to believe, is not true. Some facts from Einstein's life have simply misunderstood biographers.
The student rebelled against drill and pointless timpani
Thus, there is often talk of difficulties with which the young Einstein had to fight at his Munich grammar school. But most of all, they were related to the freedom-loving student rebelling against lesson drills and senseless drumming. To good grades it was enough anyway. Even then his achievements were outstanding, especially in the natural sciences.
The fact that Einstein finally dropped out of grammar school in Munich did not have anything to do with academic failure either. His family had moved to Italy because of economic problems, so that those left alone no longer kept in Germany.
Einstein's biographer mistook the grades
The next stage of his life later fed on the myth of school failures: Einstein did not succeed in the entrance examination for the Polytechnic in Zurich. However, the gifted could compete only with a special permit, because instead of the prescribed 18 he was only 16 years old. Nevertheless, he achieved the best results in the mathematics and natural sciences, while he showed knowledge gaps in other areas.
As a result, Einstein first took his Abitur in the Aargau Cantonal School. His diploma was full of "Fives" and "Sixes" - among other things he had a "Six" in physics. Unfortunately, his biographer overlooked the fact that they were the highest scores in Switzerland and so finally created the myth of the weak student, who later miraculously mutated into an incomparable genius.
By Queen Esther
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