Learning is light, but ignorance, as you know, is darkness. All of this is certainly correct. But, many great people in childhood, to put it mildly, did not shine with knowledge. Here are just a few examples.
The classic of our literature, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, during his studies at the gymnasium, twice stayed in the second year. In the third grade, he received unsatisfactory marks in geography and arithmetic, and in the fifth grade he was delayed due to a "failure" in the Greek language. But now the works of Anton Pavlovich are studied by modern schoolchildren.
Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of England, had an excellent memory. But, at school he was one of the worst students in the class, since he taught only those few subjects that were interesting to him. For poor academic performance, Winston was often flogged with rods, and his parents worried that their son would not be able to receive a normal education. By the way, in 1953 Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize in Literature. There were two candidates for the prestigious award that year - Churchill and Ernest Hemingway.
The famous Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky was an excellent student in elementary school. But after the fifth grade of the gymnasium he dropped out - it became uninteresting, moreover, the poor Mayakovsky family was unable to pay further for their studies.
The inventor Thomas Edison studied at school for only a few months, after which, the teachers advised his parents to take him home due to complete mediocrity. In the future, his mother was engaged in training. Years later, an incompetent student amazed the whole world with his inventions.
Poet Joseph Brodsky finished only seven classes. He was left for the second year and the teenager decided to say goodbye to school. All seven years he did not differ in diligence: he did not do his homework and was rude to teachers. At the end of the seventh grade, Brodsky had four grades in mathematics, physics, chemistry and English.
Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky caught a cold at an early age, as a result of which the boy began to develop deafness. Naturally, this affected the performance in the gymnasium. The boy was expelled from the third grade. I had to educate myself. A few years later, Tsiolkovsky successfully passed the exams for the title of teacher and began teaching arithmetic and geometry at the Borovsky district school. Despite the lack of serious education, Konstantin Eduardovich became the founder of theoretical cosmonautics.
Walter Scott entered Edinburgh College in 1785. After the first semester, the Greek teacher casually declared that the boy was stupid and would remain so forever. Scott himself recalled that he received almost all of his knowledge not in educational institutions, but in self-education.
Ludwig van Beethoven, despite the fact that he was a brilliant composer, wrote with mistakes all his life, and he could not master the simplest mathematical operations - multiplication and division. True, I was able to learn several foreign languages on my own.
And finally, our great poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. While studying at the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum, he was not an absolute poor student - he knew Russian and French literature and history well. But with arithmetic it was much worse, the boy often cried in the classroom because he could not understand anything.