[FoRK] Einstein didn't drop out of school (was: Breaking with the Trend)

Lion Kimbro <lionkimbro at gmail.com> on Wed Aug 8 16:51:03 PDT 2007

On 8/8/07, Russell Turpin <deafbox at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Many people switch schools. When they then finish their degree, at
> the usual age, it distorts things a bit to say that they dropped out
> of school. With Einstein, there are all sorts of apocryphal stories
> about his childhood and education, to make his genius seem all that
> more miraculous. But the truth is that he was a good student who
> developed an early interest in math and physics.

  Is there more to it?

  I found this page:
    "Is the Value of Formal Education Overrated?"

  Point 7 is on Einstein;
  It has several references, (I don't know their value, though,)
  and completes with:

In later life, Einstein spoke bitterly of his schooling, most of which
he detested. He maintained that his education [schooling] hindered his
learning, and he said (Schilpp 1970, 17):

    It is … nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of
instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of
inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation,
stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and
ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the
enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion
and a sense of duty.

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