The most famous dummies



At school, we are made to learn perfectly, ensuring that this is the guarantee of life success. In fact, there is an opinion, slightly anti-pedagogical, that being a two-man is not at all a shame.

Sometimes it can even become an important step on the way to fame. The history knows examples of excellent students and geeks, who after success in childhood could not develop their opportunities becoming adults.


So, the young poet Nick Turbin released his first collection of poems as early as 9 years, the girl was supervised by Yevgeny Yevtushenko himself. And after 16 years, the all-Union fame began to fade. As a result, at the age of 27, Nika committed suicide. Christopher Langan, who has the largest IQ in the US, is now working as a forester … The list goes on.

Below we will talk about the ten most famous saviors in the history of mankind. The reasons for the setbacks were very diverse, but these people bad assessments did not prevent to achieve world fame and recognition.

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Winston Churchill.

This case of bad schooling is the most classic and the most inveterate. Winston was the eldest son of his parents-aristocrats. The boy has been a wannabe since childhood, experiencing an extreme dislike for the learning process from an early age. Churchill recalls that education first appeared before him in the form of a sinister figure of the governess, whose appearance was announced in advance. By that day, the boy was forced to prepare by studying the book “Reading without tears.” Every day, Winston and his nanny read in torment, and the boy immediately realized that this process is not only tiring, but absolutely useless. As a result, when the governess appeared in the nursery, the book remained unread. Churchill did what many other dvoechniki in such situations – ran away! At the age of nine, education was firmly established in the life of the future politician – he was identified in St. George’s private school in Ascot. It was there that Churchill really experienced all the delights of English education. After all, in this school, the two-year-olds were regularly beaten, and Winston was among the most retarded pupils. At the same time, a stupid boy could not be called – sometimes teachers found him in some secluded corner reading an adult book. Only here to learn lessons, to study hard and show interest in general, Churchill refused in principle. It’s been two whole years since the beginning of the classes, and the young lord in the exams has shown no progress. As a result, the parents were forced to take him home, however, not for long. At thirteen, Winston was again identified in Harrow’s private school. At this age the boy had already learned how to imitate his learning ability, the deuces in the exams were replaced by threes. But still it was Churchill who was considered one of the weak students. He, even with the rest of the dudes in the classroom, was removed from the study of Latin and Ancient Greek. Instead of these noble languages, Winston additionally taught native, English. Perhaps those lessons also benefited Churchill, because he subsequently received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Andrei Tarkovsky.

Now we can say that Andrew with school years is not very lucky. After all, he went to the first class of the Moscow school № 554 in 1939. No sooner had the boy been drawn into the learning process than the war broke out. Andrei was evacuated to his relatives in the provincial town of Yuryevets. Further childhood was hungry and terrible. On an elementary school in such conditions, and do not have to talk. But at the age of transition, Andrei began to have difficulties. Or rather not his, but his mother, who raised her son alone after leaving his father’s family. The poor woman could not establish discipline in the difficult son. In high school Tarkovsky, along with the elite of other seminary students, became a stylist. In his head, the teenager did not have studies, but fashionable clothes and American music with concomitant adventures in post-war Moscow. The school with its rules and dogmas seemed to Tarkovsky as a temporary misunderstanding. After all, real life was boiling behind the walls of the school.Andrei recalls that he had an amazing craving for the street, despite all its corrupting influence and the resulting consequences. As a result of all the efforts of the mother, only four of them were enough in literature. History, like most of the exact sciences, was rated as a top three, and in chemistry and drafting, in general, the deuce flaunted the deuces. In 1951, the future director entered the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies. Probably, the peers simply did not have an interest in this direction, which created a low competition. However, a year later Tarkovsky realized that it was a hopeless occupation to study there. The future director took up self-replenishing his life experience, which he always considered his main university.

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Vladimir Mayakovsky.

Soviet literary scholars shyly concealed the poor performance of the famous poet, so as not to embarrass the pioneers. In an extreme case, this attitude toward learning was written off to a revolutionary fervor. What activity did the boy really have, but you can not throw out the deuce in the school from his biography. However, they did not begin immediately. Mayakovsky in his autobiography “I myself” says that the first three classes studied exclusively for the five. Volodya was smart and inquisitive, he was loved by both parents and teachers. It would seem, where to get the reasons for antisocial behavior? But in 1905 the city of Kutais, where Mayakovsky studied, was at the very center of revolutionary events. This particularly affected the students of the local gymnasium, who resolutely advocated the replacement of the existing unjust system. Probably, this is not unusual, because we are talking about young teens, whose blood is boiling, and the heart craves action. Thanks to his briskness and older sisters, eleven-year-old Vladimir was in the revolutionary circle of high school students. Since that moment, all the studies have gone to waste. Speaking at meetings was much more interesting than teaching lessons. Frightened by such a metamorphosis of the children, the teachers made all kinds of indulgences for them, Mayakovsky even passed into the next class. The poet recalled that he had moved to the fourth grade only because he had been dashed with a stone and regretted at the re-examination. It must be said that the fight with the stones largely characterizes the boy’s revolutionary activity at the time. In 1906 the Mayakovsky family lost their father – suddenly he died of blood poisoning. Followed the move to Moscow, where Volodya began to study in the 5th classical gymnasium (now school number 91). However, by and large the move did not change anything in Mayakovsky’s life – his mother rented a room to students, who at that time were almost all engaged in underground work. What kind of lessons could be talked about when the political life was very close? In the fifth grade, Volodya finally said goodbye to the school. As a result, his whole life developed a genuine contempt for the treasures of human culture. This attitude, however, gave a certain adolescent categoricalness and freshness to Russian futurism. Honoré de Balzac.

The writer himself, like his biographers, notes that the main problem in the childhood of Honor was the dislike of his mother. Madame Balzac herself, being a young Parisian, at one time went out of her way to marry a rich old man. Her first-born woman began to groom with enthusiasm, but the child lived only a month. That’s why the mother of tender feelings did not experience the second child, Honore, immediately giving her wet nurse. Since then, the little mother barely saw, the sooner she had two more children, more beloved, rumored to be not old Balzac. The cozy village house of the wet nurse soon changed to the Vandome boarding school under the direction of the church. This institution united the features of the monastery and prison. Pupils from here did not take even a vacation, and such a medium was considered useful for young immature souls. It’s no wonder that Honor was offended by the whole world and took a deep breath, ignoring external influences.At lessons the boy seemed to be absent – he looked out the window, answered questions unintelligibly. Such successes in study irritated parents even more. Lazy and stupid boy all often went to the closet under the stairs, serving a sentence there. There, the boy quietly took out a hidden book and began to read. This place as a result even fell in love with Balzac, because there it was possible to spend time in silence and tranquility. So imperceptibly flew seven years of study, during which Honore interrupted from twos to threes, received threats from his parents and read indulgently in the punishment cell. As a result, a long stay on the cold floor adversely affected the health of the boy – he lost weight and became even more sluggish. After one of the long illnesses, Balzac nearly fell into a coma, and the monks preferred to give the pupil as quickly as possible home. Young Onore subsequently visited two more educational institutions, but nowhere did he shine with knowledge. As a result, the father simply waved his hand at his son, giving the opportunity to independently arrange his fate. Today we understand that such a decision turned out to be extremely prophetic.

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Richard Branson.

There is not enough financial genius in our list of dvoechnikov who was not prevented from making a fortune by poor study. Such, for example, is Richard Branson. This multimillionaire at one time founded the corporation Virgin Group, promoting today the idea of ​​private space tourism. At school lessons the future financier could not connect two words, he stuttered, mooed and desperately blushed when he was summoned to the blackboard. When Richard grew up, he was able to establish that all childhood suffered from dyslexia. This neurological abnormality is characterized by the inability to recognize written language. But, being an adult, Branson was able to overcome this disease. When he was young, nobody knew about such a disease, that’s why they considered the future of a millionaire and honorary knight of Great Britain just a fool.

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Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

And in this case it is a question of mockery of a physically disabled person. The ideologist of cosmonautics got on our list due to his hearing loss. This phenomenon was a consequence of scarlet fever, which was borne back at the age of ten. Little Kostya could only hear snatches of his teacher’s phrases, which was the reason for his poor performance. Just do not forget that Tsiolkovsky loved to hooligan, like all the other boys. That’s what this pupil of the Vyatka men’s gymnasium repeatedly got into the punishment cell for his tricks. Already in the second grade the 13-year-old schoolboy stayed for the second year, and from the third year he was completely excluded for his poor progress. Although Tsiolkovsky never again studied anywhere, he did not say goodbye to the educational system. Six years later, Constantine successfully passed the exams for teachers, receiving an official direction at work from the Ministry of Education.

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Thomas Edison.

Little Tom’s childhood can be called happy. My father was a handyman, and my mother was a former schoolteacher who had endless patience. Parents were very fond of their little son, allowing him to be naughty. The boy adored ruining bumble-bees’ nests and stealing eggs from birds. Life for pleasure continued until 1854. Then seven-year-old Edison decided to send to school. The boy was dressed in a clean suit and took his hand to the school of a certain Reverend JB Ingl, who was the only one in the city. This “teacher” practiced a simple method of teaching. Pupils had to memorize long pieces of text, and for their mistakes they were mercilessly beaten with a ruler on their fingers. However, the punishment was applied and just for prevention. Thomas quickly understood the difference with the home environment, telling his parents on the second day that he does not like school. The father convincingly inspired the boy with his mistake, however, the compassionate mother somewhat smoothed out the conflict. But these measures did not help – after a month of training, Thomas became a round seminary.Three months later, before Christmas, Edison complained with tears in his eyes that Mr. Ingle called him a moron. Parents were summoned to school, but the mother decided not to tell her father anything, but to visit the director herself. Mr. Ingle immediately told her that Thomas was basically incapable of learning anything because of mental retardation. The director advised the poor woman to take her son home, which she did. Since then, Thomas Edison has never studied in public schools. All his knowledge the famous inventor got at home. Mother could teach him to read, but with a letter, Thomas had problems all his life. Since then, self-education began to go on quickly. As a result, the boy, recognized by teachers as a moron, became a millionaire and one of the most prolific inventors in the history of America. Joseph Brodsky.

Among all the celebrity-twenties, Joseph Alexandrovich Brodsky can be considered the most hardy and inveterate. In the boy, as if an internal protest of all those Jewish children, who were forced to silently pile over notes, exploded. Teaching in the Soviet school, Joseph and at all despised and did it very actively. Brodsky was not a sad dream-divorced from reality, glancing out the window. Joseph led the way of life of a bully and a bully, who found himself answering lessons. At the same time, the boy did this with an expression of condescension towards teachers who could not stand him. The classy leader of Joseph recalled that the character of the boy was persistent, stubborn and lazy. He interfered with the conduct of lessons, naughty. Homework Joseph performs extremely badly, and even does not perform at all. The notebooks of this student were dirty, untidy, with extraneous inscriptions and drawings. But it was only the fifth class, and it was just the beginning. The very next year, Brodsky began to simply leave school. The future poet wandered the streets, the facades of houses told him about the history more than any textbooks. Brodsky’s houses were criticized for such studies, especially his father tried to reason with him. The front-line soldier, who saw his son after the eight-year war, had little influence on him. After all, for years without a man in the family, Joseph was accustomed to answer for his own affairs. In 1954, after finishing the seventh grade, Joseph had four deuces – in mathematics, physics, chemistry and English. A disobedient student was left for the second year, but in 1955 he quit school altogether. Formally, Brodsky became a pupil of the milling machine at the Arsenal plant. In fact, he plunged headlong into the boiling and delightful life of a parasite and anti-Soviet. It was she who made Joseph a cynic cosmopolitan and a great poet. As a result, mankind appreciated Brodsky’s contribution to world culture with the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Anton Chekhov.

The most intelligent of Russian writers also began with unimportant studies. But in this case, the part of the guilt may lie with Anton’s father. He kept a small store of colonial goods in Taganrog. There were mixed on the shelves of sweets and tea, kerosene, herring and soap and even improbable drugs are a mixture of mercury, acid, oil and debris. Such a medicine was called a “nest”, later Dr. Chekhov paid tribute to Russian stomachs that tolerate such a remedy. Was in the shop and a tavern. It was there that most of the childhood was spent by little Anton, watching. That sellers did not steal the goods. Father naively believed that at this time the young schoolboy would do his homework. But in the terrible cold, with numb fingers, among the smells of herring and visitors’ mate, it was hard to think about the lessons. Anton was sitting half asleep, because the shop opened at five in the morning, and was waiting for his father’s return. As a result, when the boy did let go, he was not running to do, and tried to make up for missed opportunities of childhood – swimming or sledding, depending on the season. Is it strange after all this that Chekhov did not shine at school? In the third grade, he was left for the second year because of deuces in arithmetic and geography, and in the fifth again – this time because of the Greek language.Even according to Russian literature, the future writer never received more than four, content mainly with threes. Lucky future writer only in high school. The father eventually went bankrupt, and the family moved to Moscow. There Chekhov entered the medical institute, began writing stories, and his life changed radically.

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Leo Tolstoy.

The initial stage of the life of the great writer was rather chaotic. When the boy was not even two years old, his mother died. Seven years later, Leo became an orphan – his father also died. As a result, Tolstoy spent his childhood with various relatives who did not dare to offend orphans, allowing them more than usual. Up to the age of 16, Leo studied exclusively at home. About what successes the earl has achieved in the field of study, gives his autobiographical novel “Adolescence”. There is a chapter with the significant name “Unit”. At that time, Tolstoy was too proud to take seriously the narrow-minded surviving teachers, the young man did not show any diligence in his studies. Over time, the family moved to Kazan, the boys one by one went to the local Imperial University. For Leo this undertaking was noble, but useless. Especially since the new guardian Tolstoy, the Countess Yushkov, a stupid and absurd lady, suddenly decided that an educational measure for her nephew could be an aristocratic connection with an adult and a worthy woman. A cheerful salon was created in the house, where the young Tolstoy tried to reduce it to a woman according to the advice of his aunt. Lion’s youthful clumsiness saved him, but there was no question of studying at that moment. Already in the first year Tolstoy was left for the second year because of deuces in history and German. But the second year of education brought the young man the glory of a brilliant songwriter in vaudeville and a participant of live pictures at the Institute of Noble Maidens. However, such hobbies only exacerbated the problems at the university. Before the third year, Tolstoy had not finished his studies. In the summer he went to his ancestral estate, where he began to read Montesquieu. New knowledge opened up huge horizons for the count, he met Rousseau and realized that he should be engaged, but not at the university. Tolstoy began to read a lot, deciding to pass the external examinations for the candidate of rights. Only here Montesquieu’s reading was cheerfully combined with hunting and gay friendly meetings. So Tolstoy did not get any official diploma, but at that time he made a lot of debts with which he paid off only in his mature years.




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