? asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 2 months ago

Was Albert Einstein an average student?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The source of Einstein's genius was not the ability to solve small problems quickly or recall answers, it was the ability to ponder deep questions productively over a long period of time --- an ability that is not particularly valued in students.

  • oubaas
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yeahhh, not above the average : he defined himself this way !!

  • Dixon
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    He certainly wasn't average in the sense of being typical. He was very gifted at mathematics and physics, uninterested in other subjects and aggressively unimpressed with the teaching styles he encountered.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The following was copied from a history.com website:

    “In some ways, yes. When he was very young, Einstein’s parents worried that he had a learning disability because he was very slow to learn to talk. (He also avoided other children and had extraordinary temper tantrums.) When he started school, he did very well—he was a creative and persistent problem-solver—but he hated the rote, disciplined style of the teachers at his Munich school, and he dropped out when he was 15. Then, when he took the entrance examination for a polytechnic school in Zurich, he flunked. (He passed the math part, but failed the botany, zoology and language sections.) Einstein kept studying and was admitted to the polytechnic institute the following year, but he continued to struggle. His professors thought that he was smart but much too pleased with himself, and some doubted that he would graduate. He did, but not by much—which is how the young physicist found himself working in the Swiss patent office instead of at a school or university.“

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  • 2 months ago

    No he wasn't. He was condemned by some of his teachers just as a similar person would be today.  We reward obedient parrots but resent those who step outside our confines.  We really HATE students that are smarter than we are.  If we employ lesser people as teachers this happens.

  • 2 months ago

    No, that is a myth. He was a very good student. But not the best ever. And he was bored in school. He didn't like memorization and the way the schools in his country taught. 

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    he didn't do too well in physics-class. maybe he and the teacher were ill-matched

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